CLARIN Newsflash February 2018

2nd Call for Papers - CLARIN Annual Conference 2018

The call for papers for the CLARIN2018 is still open. You can submit your proposals until 16 April 2018.

Read the full call for papers

Call for CLARIN User Involvement Event Proposals - 2018 

A budget of €20,000 is available for (co-)financing of CLARIN User Involvement events to be organized by representatives of the national consortia.
Read the call
In 2017 seven researchers shared their reflections on attending CLARIN User Involvement events, you can read their blog posts here


ACHD-ARCHE and SprĂĄkbanken Recognized as CLARIN B-centres

The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities - A Resource Centre for the HumanitiEs (ACHD-ARCHE) and SprĂĄkbanken, The Swedish language bank have been officially recognized as CLARIN B-centres.

Both centres have gone through a thorough procedure in which they have been assessed externally by the Data Seal of Approval and internally by CLARIN's assessment committee.

CLARIN congratulates both B-centres with this achievement!



Tour de CLARIN

Tour de CLARIN highlights prominent User Involvement activities of a particular CLARIN national consortium. The last featured blog post from Poland is an interview with Dr. Maciej Maryl, the Deputy Director of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The following interview took place via Skype and was conducted and transcribed by Jakob LenardiÄŤ (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Read the full interview


Photo: Dr. Maciej Maryl

In February and March Tour de CLARIN goes to Flanders! Find out more about CLARIN DLU/Flanders, a founding member of CLARIN that represents Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, and Text2Picto and Picto2Text, two complementary translation tools aimed at enhancing communication for people with reading disabilities.


A paper by Koenraad De Smedt, Franciska De Jong, Bente Maegaard, Darja Fišer and Dieter Van Uytvanck from CLARIN ERIC will be presented at the 3rd Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Conference on 7–9 March 2018 in Helsinki. The paper “Towards an Open Science Infrastructure for the Digital Humanities: The Case of CLARIN” will be presented at the session on Infrastructure and Support’ chaired by Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University, Finland).

Click here to find out more about the conference and read the CLARIN paper.



TomaĹľ Erjavec Elected Chair of SIGSLAV

TomaĹľ Erjavec (National Coordinator CLARIN.SI) is elected as chair of the SIGSLAV, the ACL Special Interest Group on Slavic Natural Language Processing. TomaĹľ will start his services for SIGSLAV on 1 March 2018.

The goal of SIGSLAV is to stimulate research in and creation of linguistic resources for the Slavic languages. The creation of SIGSLAV was motivated by the rich cultural heritage of the Slavic people. Although close to half a billion of people speak these languages, they are not yet well represented in the NLP community. SIGSLAV aims to promote interest in basic and applied research on natural language processing (NLP) in all Slavic languages, including in areas such as: morphological analysis and generation, syntactic and semantic tagging, named-entity recognition, information extraction, co-reference resolution, question-answering, information retrieval, text summarization and machine translation.

Learn more about SIGLAV and how to join.

Science Europe and NWO Launch Initiative to Align Research Data Management Policy Across Europe

On 30 January 2018, Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) co-hosted a workshop in Brussels to discuss how to manage research data in an era of Open Science. The initiative was also presented and discussed at this workshop, which gathered over a hundred interested participants from the EU institutions, research organisations, and data expert groups, including CLARIN ERIC Executive Director Franciska de Jong.

Read more




Blog: Metadata Curation Task Force Meeting in Vienna

A metadata curation meeting, attended by 14 representatives of various CLARIN-affiliated institutions, was held with the aim to establish a value normalisation scheme for selected facets in the VLO on the basis of an agreed-upon controlled vocabulary, as well as to perform hands-on work on normalisation.

Read more in this blog post by Jakob LenardiÄŤ (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)




Video: Challenges and Opportunities Presented by (Big) Digital Data
A presentation by Yin Yin Lu of the Oxford Internet Institute

This video is part of the CLARIN Workshop: Digital Youth in East Asia: Theoretical, Methodological and Technical Issues that was held at UniversitĂ© Libre de Bruxelles in October 2017.

Watch this video on videolectures

We are on Flickr!

You can now have a look at our continuously growing photo collection on the CLARIN ERIC Flickr page.



Cancellation of CLARIN Track at IEEE Metadata Hackathon

Due to insufficient registrations, the CLARIN track of the IEEE metadata hackathon and workshop in Berlin is cancelled. Our apologies for the inconvenience that this cancellation might cause. We hope to organise a hackathon instead in connection to a future annual conference. 



Third Call for SoBigData-funded Transnational Access
Funded Trans-National Visits for Data and Tool integration in the SoBigData infrastructure

The SoBigData manages vertical, thematic environments, called exploratories, on top of the SoBigData infrastructures, for performing cross-disciplinary social mining research. SoBigData welcomes applications from individuals with a scientific interest, professionals, startups and innovators that may benefit from training in data science and social media analytics.

For the CLARIN community this call for funded projects provides opportunities to publicise and extend some of your CLARIN tools, datasets, and services by integrating them with the SoBigData infrastructure and applying them to social media content.

The visits can be between 2 weeks and 2 months, and be hosted at Sheffield, UK (GATE team), L3S Hanover (Web archives) or 3 other European centres (details in the call here below). The only restriction is that funding is available for cross-border visits, so applicants must visit another country..

In particular, if CLARIN partners are interested in applying for Sheffield, they are more than welcome to contact Kalina Bontcheva informally for a follow up discussion on writing a successful proposal.

The submission deadline is Friday, 20 April 2018. 

For more details visit the SOBigData website and read the full call for papers


Call for Papers: ECDA 2018
4-6 July 2018, Paderborn, Germany

The European Conference on Data Analysis ( ECDA) will be hosted by Paderborn University. ECDA 2018 will pay special attention to interdisciplinary research and the interaction of theory and practice. The scientific programme of the conference will include sessions with invited talks and contributed presentations covering a broad range of topics.

The deadline for submission is 1 April 2018.

Read the full call for papers  



2nd Call for Papers: NACLA2 Corpora and Performance Texts
14-15 June 2018, Avignon, France

The aim of the conference NACLA2 is to explore the relevance of a corpus based approach to performance texts.

The performance text includes classical drama – plays, scenarios, film scripts, etc. – but potentially also texts relating to other dramatic modes, in the largest sense, including parliamentary debate, minutes of meetings, interviews, etc., all of which involve some aspect of performance.

The conference aims to bring together researchers in NLP and in corpus linguistics and researchers in theatre or media studies (for example), with a common reflexion on the structuring of textual data in these special fields and on the sort of exploitation one might develop, according to the chosen modes of structuring.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2018.

Read the full Call for Papers


DARIAH Workshop on Impact – “Measuring Change in Digital Humanities”
21-22 June 2018, Berlin, Germany

The aim of the two half-days workshop “Measuring Change in Digital Humanities: Workshop on Impact Factors and Success Criteria”, is to bring together experts and stakeholders of digital research infrastructures to discuss and reflect methods of measuring impact in the Digital Humanities.

The workshop is organised by Dr. Juliane Stiller from the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität Berlin in collaboration with the DARIAH-EU working group on impact factors and success criteria. It is funded by DARIAH-EU.

The workshop is free of charge but the number of places is limited. For more information please visit the workshop's website.


Summer school "Learner Corpus Research - Theory and Practical Applications"
27-31 August 2018, University of Bremen, Germany

The faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany will host a summer school on Learner Corpus Research, organised under the aegis of the Learner Corpus Association.

The aim of the event is to introduce researchers into the field of Learner Corpus Research through a series of overview lectures and hands-on sessions. The summer school is targeted at both young researchers, e.g. PhD students who have recently embarked on a learner corpus project, but also more experienced researchers from neighbouring fields such as corpus linguistics, SLA or LTA who want to know more about this dynamic, interdisciplinary field of research.

Read more about the summer school


Registration is open for RBOOTCAMP2018 on “Statistics for linguists with R”
3-7 September 2018 Lublin, Poland

You can now register for the 30-hour bootcamp on “Statistics for linguists with R” that will take place at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.

The focus of the bootcamp will be on regression methods and other classifiers. It assumes basic familiarity with R and simple monofactorial tests so there will only be a brief recap of those kinds of contents. The course will then discuss various aspects of regression modeling with fixed effects (linear and binary logistic regressions) and then with mixed effects (linear and binary logistic regressions).

Read more about the bootcamp and the programme


First Call for Papers: TSD 2018
11-14 September 2018, Brno, Czech Republic

The first Call for Papers for the 21st International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue (TSD 2018) is open. The deadline for the submission of full papers is 22 March 2018.

TSD 2018 will address the following topics within the field of natural language processing:

  • corpora, texts and transcription.
  • speech analysis, recognition and synthesis
  • their intertwining within NL dialogue systems

Read the Call for Papers

Language Technologies and Digital Humanities 2018
20-21 September 2018, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Slovenian Language Technologies Society (SDJT), the Centre for Language Resources and Technologies at the University of Ljubljana (CJVT) and the research infrastructures CLARIN.SI and DARIAH-SI are organising the conference “Language Technologies and Digital Humanities”.

The conference aims to bring together researchers from various backgrounds and methodological frameworks. The main topics include but are not limited to:

  • Speech and other mono- and multilingual language technologies
  • Digital linguistics: translation studies, corpus linguistics, lexicology and lexicography, and standardisation
  • Digital humanities and historical studies, ethnology, musicology, cultural heritage, archaeology, and fine arts
  • Digital humanities in education and digital publishing

The organisers welcome submissions which present guidelines, research, good practices, projects and results in these areas. The conference will also include invited lectures, a student section, and round tables on topics related to the conference. The official languages of the conference are Slovene and English.

Deadline for submission of papers or extended abstracts is 1 April 2018.

Read more 


Open Calls: IEEE eScience 2018 
29 October - 1 November 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The objective of the IEEE eScience Conference is to promote and encourage all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

Call for Workshops & Tutorials, Papers and Abstracts for thematic sessions




Job Title Open Positions at ACDH-OEAW

The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna is growing and invites applications for the following positions:

  • Communication expert (f/m; 50%; closing date: 2018-03-01)
  • Web Developer (f/m; 50-100%)
  • Data Curator (f/m; part time 50%) with GIS experience
  • Historian (f/m; full time) with GIS experience
  • Data Analyst (f/m; 50-100%)  with experience in NLP/text technology
  • Research Infrastructure Officer (f/m; full time) with focus on Data & Knowledge Management

In the context of the CLARIN community, ACDH-OEAW would like to specifically highlight the position of Research Infrastructure Officer, ACDH-OEAW is  looking for someone with experience working in the context of research infrastructures, especially in the realm of metadata aggregation, quality and curation and resource discovery in general.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 9 March 2018 (except for Communication expert closing on 1 March 2018).

Read the details of the job announcements


DARIAH Is Seeking to Appoint a Part-Time Member of the Board of Directors

DARIAH is looking to appoint a part-time member of the Board of Directors from 01 September 2018, who will work closely with two other Board members, including the Chair of the Board. The Board of Directors is the executive body of DARIAH and its legal representative, also providing strategic leadership for our activities.

The application deadline is Friday, 09 March 2018.

Read the full job description


Assistant Professorship at the University of Lille

The University of Lille is seeking an Assistant Professorship in Computer Science, to be filled in 2018. The University is interested in research profiles pertaining to Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Read more (in French)