CLARIN Newsflash February 2019

CLARIN Annual Conference 2019
30 September - 2 October, Leipzig, Germany

We are delighted to inform you that Professor Scott Rettberg, University of Bergen, Norway will be one of the keynote speakers at CLARIN2019.

Scott Rettberg is professor of digital culture, director of the international Electronic Literature Knowledge Base and co-founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. He is at the forefront of the digital humanities with his study of contemporary digital culture, and promises to open new perspectives for the CLARIN community. He explores how digital scholarship can be supported given the widely varying digital formats and platforms for electronic literature.

The call for abstracts for the CLARIN2019 is open. You can submit your proposals until 15 April 2019.

Read the full Call for Abstracts

Tour de CLARIN: Latvia 

Tour de CLARIN visited Latvia in the past few weeks. The first blog post introduced the consortium, followed by a description of seminar Tools and Resources for Digital Humanities Research, that was organized by the staff of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AILab) of the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, University of Latvia, to showcase the language tools and resources developed at AILab. The tool presented by Latvia  was the NLP-PIPE, a modular toolchain that allows researchers to combine multiple natural language processing tools in a unified framework, and the resource presented was the Latvian FrameNet-annotated text corpus, a balanced, multilayered corpus that shows how words are used and what they mean. We also interviewed Sanita Reinsone, a leading researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia.

Read more about Tour de CLARIN

IMPACT: CLARIN K-Centre in digitisation (IMPACT-CKC)

K(nowledge)-centres are important components of the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure, as these are the places where people from within and outside the CLARIN community can get access to specialized knowledge and expertise in many fields.  At this moment CLARIN has 16 K-centres, covering a variety of languages (and language families), modalities, data types, technologies and more (see the complete list).

CLARIN and the IMPACT Centre of Competence are proud to announce the recent establishment of IMPACT as CLARIN K-Centre, IMPACT-CKC.

IMPACT, founded in 2012 as competence centre in digitisation, has the mission of making digitisation in historical printed text  better, faster and cheaper. IMPACT offers services and resources to institutions looking for advice. Read more

You can also read more about what IMPACT can do for you in the blog post written by Mikel Iruskieta (member of the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure Committee). Mikel describes a research sample case that was successfully conducted thanks to the services offered by IMPACT-CKC.

Re-assessment of three German centres successfully concluded

We are pleased to announce that the ASV Leipzig in Leipzig, the Hamburger Zentrum für Sprachkorpora (HZSK) in Hamburg and Universität des Saarlandes (UdS) in Saarbrücken have been assessed again according to the current criteria and are recertified as CLARIN B-centres.



CLARIN K-Centre for Treebanking: Interview with Helge Dyvik

In this Tour de CLARIN blog post, we present an in-depth interview with Helge Dyvik, who is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Bergen in Norway. Professor Dyvik is one of the main developers of INESS, a CLARIN K-Centre that is operated by the CLARINO Bergen centre and which provides an integrated treebanking environment for accessing, searching and visualizing syntactically parsed data in various formats. Read more

TEI and Ancient Greek fragmentary poetry
Blog post written by Beatrice Nava

Beatrice Nava used the CLARIN Mobility Grant in order to enrich her studies about digital editions of Ancient Greek fragmentary poetry and Digital Humanities at the Centre for Language Technology in the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. Read the blog post



Watch the interviews with Daan Broeder (Humanities Cluster DI, KNAW) and Pavel Straňák (Charles University, Prague) who were both awarded the 2018 Steven Krauwer Award for CLARIN Achievements for their outstanding contributions toward CLARIN goals.


Interview Daan Broeder

Interview Pavel Straňák



Call for papers- TAL Journal: special issue NLP and Digital Humanities (60-3)

Submissions are invited for the special issue of the TAL journal (traitement automatique du langage naturel). The special issue will be devoted to collecting original contributions at the crossroad between DH and , with a special focus on projects in which NLP tools are developed and/or applied to annotating, processing and studying textual content for the purpose of humanities research.

Communication of intention to submit : 15 April 2019
Submission deadline: 15 May 2019

Read the full Call for Papers

Spring School LiSeH 2019 - Linked Data and the Semantic Web for Humanities research  
23-27 April 2019, Graz, Austria

The Spring School will give an introduction to the concepts related to the Semantic Web and Linked Data and will give an overview of semantic web technologies and tools, with a special focus on their applications in the Humanities.

The Spring School is co-organized by the Austrian Centre for Digital  Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Centre for Information Modelling at the University of Graz as part of the 'Training Digital Scholars: Knowledge Exchange between V4 and Austria' Series financed by the  Visegrad Fund, in collaboration with the 'ELEXIS' Horizon 2020 project and the Erasmus+ project 'DigiCulture'.

Application deadline: 7 March 2019.

Apply to the Spring School

Helsinki Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies Hack­a­thon (DH­H19)
15-24 May 2019, Helsinki, Finland

In 2019 to celebrate its fifth year, the Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is going international! As a CLARIN and DARIAH summer school, we welcome applications from all over Europe, and are prepared to sponsor close to 20 participants from outside Finland with flights and accommodation.

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 1½ weeks. For researchers and students from computer science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration.

Application deadline: 2 April 2019.

Visit the official DHH19 event page for more information.

Call for Papers: CMC-Corpora 2019, 7th Conference on Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and Social Media Corpora
9-10 September 2019, Cergy-Pontoise, France

'CMC-Corpora 2019' is the 7th edition of an annual conference series dedicated to the collection, annotation, processing and exploitation of corpora of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media for research in the humanities. The conference brings together language-centered research on CMC and social media in linguistics, philologies, communication sciences, media and social sciences with research questions from the fields of corpus and computational linguistics, language technology, text technology, and machine learning.

Visit the CMC Corpora 2019 event page for more information.


ParlaFormat: Call for Participation
23-24 May 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands

A workshop on a proposed standard format for parliamentary data is organised by the CLARIN Interoperability Committee in close collaboration with Tomaž Erjavec and Andrej Pančur from CLARIN Slovenia.

The goal of the workshop is to propose an outline of a standard format for parliamentary data to the research community, to assess the support for it and to identify potential or real problems for its development and wide adoption. It is intended as a preparation for the work on the CLARIN endorsed proposal for a standard encoding of parliamentary data. If the workshop shows sufficient support for the proposed standard format, it may be followed in the future by a shared task and accompanying workshop.

To read more about the workshop and how you can participate, please visit the ParlaFormat event page


Call for Papers: International conference Questioning the text in the era of "mechanical intelligence": digital stylistics between disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies
11-12 June 2019 in Montpellier, France

The conference Questioning the text in the era of "mechanical intelligence": digital stylistics between disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies is dedicated to novel contributions in digital stylistics. Following up on other international conferences, which gathered papers on recent advancements in digital stylistics (“Plotting Poetry”, “Digital Stylistics in Romance Studies and Beyond”, “PhraseoRom”), this conference aims to discuss the methodological issues raised by the use of digital and computational tools in stylistic analysis, with a focus on contrastive analysis.

You are invited to submit abstracts (500 words) in English or French. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2019.

Read the full Call for Papers


Call for Papers: ESSLLI 2019 Student Session
5-16 August 2019, Riga, Latvia

The ESSLLI 2019 Student Session is a forum for PhD and Master students to present their research at the interfaces of logic, language and computation. It features three tracks: Logic & Computation, Logic & Language, and Language & Computation.The Student Session will be held during ESSLLI 2019 at University of Latvia, between the dates of August 5 – 16, 2019.

The call for papers for the Student Session is open. The submission deadline is 23 March 2019.

Read the complete Call for Papers

Second Call for Papers: Biographical Data in a Digital World 2019 (BD2019)
5-6 September 2019, Varna, Bulgaria

The BD2019 conference aims at bringing together researchers from both the humanities and the computer sciences to exchange experiences, methods and practices with respect to ICT mediated quantitative and qualitative analysis of biographical data. What can we do already with computational methods with the huge amount of digital biographical data that is available? What will we be able to do in the future? What will we not be able to do?

For this edition you are invited to submit full paper submission and abstracts.

  • Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 May 2019, 08:00 GMT
  • Deadline for abstracts: 21 June 2019, 08:00 GMT

Read the full Call for Papers


Call for Papers: DH Benelux 2019
11-13 September 2019, Liège, Belgium

You are invited to contribute to the DH Benelux 2019 Conference which will take place at the University of Liège in Belgium. This sixth annual conference serves as a platform for the community of interdisciplinary Digital Humanities researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate tools and projects. This year’s central theme is Digital Humanities in Society.

Deadline for submissions: 26 April 2019.

Read the complete Call for Papers


First Call for Papers - LREC 2020
11-16 May 2020, Marseille, France

The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is glad to announce the 12th LREC conference, organised with the support of national and international organisations including AFCP, AILC, ATALA, CLARIN, ILCB, LDC, and many more.

LREC is the major event on Language Resources and Evaluation for Human Language Technologies.

The first call for papers for the 12th LREC conference is open.

  • Deadline for submission of oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 25 November 2019
  • Deadline for submission of proposals for workshops, tutorials and panels: 24 October 2019

Read the full Call for Papers



Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Text Analysis
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

The ERC project PROFECI at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Text Analysis in the ERC-funded project “Mediating the Future: The Social Dynamics of Public Projections” (PROFECI), headed by Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt. As part of an interdisciplinary team, the position focuses on developing CL tools for recognizing and classifying complex semantic contents in multilingual natural discourse.

Read the full job description