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CLARIN Newsflash February 2021

CLARIN2021: Keynote Speakers Announcement

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speakers for the 10th CLARIN Annual Conference will be Marco Passarotti (Director of the CIRCSE Research Centre, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy) and Tomáš Mikolov (senior researcher leading a new group studying unsupervised learning inspired by evolutionary principles at CIIRC, Czech Institute for Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic).

Please also note that the call for abstracts for CLARIN2021 is still open. You can submit your proposals until 14 April 2021.

Read the full call for abstracts

CLARIN Café - How Not to Spill Coffee on Your Tapes. Best Practices for Preserving Oral Archives
24 February 2021, 14:00 -16:00, Virtual event 

Registration for the CLARIN Café - How Not to Spill Coffee on Your Tapes. Best Practices for Preserving Oral Archives is open. 

Oral sources are rather fragile objects within oral history, mainly if compared to other kinds of historical sources such as artifacts and written documents, and thus rely on a specialized infrastructure for their preservation. This CLARIN Café discusses the best practices for preserving such oral sources.

You are welcome to join the discussion! 

Learn more about the café and register 

Call for Nominations: Steven Krauwer Awards 2021


The call for Steven Krauwer Awards is open. These awards are given annually to outstanding scientists or engineers in recognition of outstanding contributions toward CLARIN goals in the areas of language resource building, tool or service development, exemplary use cases, user involvement or knowledge sharing. In 2021, Steven Krauwer Awards will be given in the following categories:

  1. Early career CLARIN Researcher. The intended goal of this award is to promote a young person or a group of cooperating young persons below the age of 35.
  2. CLARIN Achievement. The intended goal of this award is to recognize the work of a person or a group of cooperating people.

If you know someone eligible for nomination, please contact your National Coordinator by email and describe how this person meets the criteria for the selected award. 

The award ceremony will take place at the CLARIN Annual Conference 2021.

Read the full call 

CLARIN Strategy 2021-2023 at a Glance

CLARIN ’s mission is to create and maintain an infrastructure to support the sharing, use and sustainability of language data and tools for research in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to this long-term goal, every three years, the Board of Directors, in consultation with various other stakeholders, develops a medium-term strategy: concrete policies and measurable action lines that take recent trends and developments into account. 

In its annual meeting, the CLARIN ERIC General Assembly has approved the strategy for 2021-2023. A condensed version ‘Strategy at a Glance’ has now been published on the website.

Read the CLARIN ‘Strategy at a Glance’ 

Flexible and Simplified Application Guidelines for CLARIN Funding Calls

CLARIN has updated and harmonized the application guidelines for the various funding and support instruments. The main simplifications and adjustments are:

  • The general eligibility criteria are extended in such a way that (representatives of) K-centres based in non-CLARIN countries can now also apply for funding; 
  • Workshop applications can be submitted on behalf of a team of collaborating representatives from at least 2 (instead of 3) CLARIN members or countries, or CLARIN centres;
  • In case new topics will be identified that would benefit from funded contributions from the community, new calls for Expressions of Interests (EoI) may be launched. If you want to suggest a topic for which an EoI could be initiated, please get in touch.

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Tour de CLARIN: France

France has been an observer of CLARIN since 2017. The French consortium, CLARIN-FR, is coordinated by Huma-Num. The recent Tour de CLARIN blog posts include an introduction to CLARIN-FR and the tool COCOON Factor.

Read more about Tour de CLARIN 

CLARIN Resource Families: Parallel Corpora

The CLARIN Resource Families initiative provides a user-friendly overview of the available language resources in the CLARIN infrastructure for researchers from digital humanities, social sciences and human language technologies. 

This month CLARIN highlights parallel corpora. These corpora are central to translation studies and contrastive linguistics. Many of the parallel corpora are accessible through easy-to-use concordancers which considerably facilitate the study of interlinguistic phenomena. Such corpora are also a rich source of materials for language teaching and can serve as training data for statistical machine translation systems.

The CLARIN infrastructure provides access to 86 parallel corpora.

See the overview

SSHOC Requirements for Vocabularies and Vocabulary Management Platforms: Workshop Notes

At the end of 2020, CLARIN and SSHOC Tasks 3.1 and 6.2 organized an in-depth virtual workshop where experts from the field presented best practices with regard to the vocabulary-related activities within SSHOC, and discussed the interoperability challenges between different vocabulary platforms. If you missed the event or if you would like to know more, you can now consult: 

PORTULAN CLARIN Sets its Strategic Advisory Board

PORTULAN CLARIN is glad to announce the inaugural composition of its Strategic Advisory Board, co opted from non-academic sectors that will bring inspiring viewpoints from entrepreneurship, cultural organizations and language users:

  • Ana Paula Laborinho
    Director of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture; ex-President of Instituto Camões (2010-2012) and of Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua (2012-2017), the national institute for the promotion of the Portuguese language. Academic Professor and Cultural Manager.
  •  Daniela Braga
    Founder and CEO of DefinedCrowd, a startup devoted to language technology and to AI services and solutions. Entrepreneur.
  •  Nicolau Santos
    President of the Administration Board of the national news agency Agência Lusa; ex-Adjunct-Director of the weekly newspaper "Expresso" (2006-2018). Journalist.

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CLARIN Latvia Workshop “How to Register Language Resources in the CLARIN Repository” 

On 13 January 2021, the CLARIN-LV team organized a practical workshop on how to register language resources in the CLARIN repository. 

The workshop started with an overview of the CLARIN research infrastructure, in particular, a demonstration of search and citation facilities. The relations between the national repository and the Virtual Language Observatory and the benefits from the Federated Content Search were also demonstrated. Finally, a special presentation covered the licensing and license selection issues.

During the practical part of the workshop, each participant had the possibility to describe a language resource. The workshop ended with an interesting discussion on what to include in metadata and how to organize and represent information.

Proceedings LT4All now Available Online

The set of Research Papers and Posters collected at the occasion of LT4All (Language Technologies for All: Enabling Linguistic Diversity and Multilingualism Worldwide are now available online.

LT4ALL was organized within the framework of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. It took place from 4-6 December at the UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, France. The event contributed towards the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all language users to access information and knowledge in languages that are best understood. It also aimed to encourage all relevant stakeholders to take concrete measures for the promotion of linguistic diversity,  truly multilingual internet and language technologies, with special focus on indigenous languages.

CLARIN presented a poster titled Understanding culture and society with the language resources and tools offered through the CLARIN Research Infrastructure

Have a look at the proceedings


AIUCD2021: Digital Humanities for Society

The 2021 edition of the online AIUCD conference titled "DHs for society: e-quality, participation, rights and values in the digital age" was organized by Università di PisaILC-CNRISTI-CNR and CLARIN-IT. The virtual event support was provided by CLARIN ERIC.

In English AIUCD stands for "Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture"; it is a landmark of the Italian digital humanities, as well as an ADHO association. Its mission is to foster methodological and theoretical research, scientific collaboration and the development of shared practices, resources and tools in the digital humanities, as well as digital applications in all humanities disciplines. 

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Outcomes of the fifth DELAD Workshop 

DELAD stands for Database Enterprise for Language And speech Disorders, and is also Swedish for SHARED. DELAD is an initiative to share corpora of speech of individuals with communication disorders (CSD) among researchers. 

On January 27 and 28 January 2021 the DELAD steering group together with Esther Hoorn from the CLARIN Legal and Ethical Issues Committee (CLIC) organized its fifth workshop. This online workshop was supported by CLARIN. The workshop and its outcomes are described in the blogpost written by Henk van den Heuvel.

Read the blog post 


CLARIN2020: Resources and Knowledge Centres for Language and AI Research

Watch the moderator-led papers session on "Resources and Knowledge Centres for Language and AI Research''​ chaired by Jan Odijk and Jurgita Vaičenonienė. This session took place on 5 October 2020 during the first virtual conference day of CLARIN2020. For more detailed information visit the CLARIN2020 programme page and Book of Abstracts


Call for Applications for Distant Reading Training School: Named Entity Recognition & Geo-Tagging for Literary Analysis
22–25 March 2021, Virtual event

The COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History is issuing a call for applications for the online workshop Distant Reading Training School: Named Entity Recognition & Geo-Tagging for Literary Analysis. Among the trainers there will be CLARIN ERIC User Involvement Director Francesca Frontini and CLARIN-PL National Coordinator Maciej Piasecki. This training school will consist of three workshops over the course of four days from 22 to 25 March 2021. There is no fee for participation. 

The deadline for applications is 7 March 2021.

Read the full call for applications 

Call for Papers DH Benelux 2021 Extended 
2-4 June 2021, Hybrid event (online and offline in Leiden, the Netherlands)

The call for papers for DH Benelux 2021 is still open! The deadline for submitting abstracts is extended to 22 February 2021. 

The 7th DH Benelux Conference will again take place at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University, The Netherlands and will be organized by the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities and the Centre for Digital Scholarship. Due to the Coronavirus situation, DH Benelux 2021 will both be fully online and take place face-to-face, if possible. Further information can be found on the DH Benelux 2021 website

Read the full call for papers

Call for Papers: LDK 2021 – 3rd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge
6-8 September 2020, Varna, Bulgaria

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the LDK2021 conference will now take place from 1-3 September 2021 instead of 14-16 June 2021. Papers for the main conference are now due on 14 March 2021. The conference will also allow remote presentations by participants who cannot attend the conference in person due to COVID-19. 

Read the full call for papers 


Part-time Academic Position in Digital Humanities (80%)
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

The KU Leuven Arts Faculty offers an 80% tenure-track position in Digital Humanities with a focus on computational methodologies, data analysis and data visualization in the field of cultural-historical studies.

The application deadline is 22 February 2021.

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Open positions for Frontend Web Developer and Web Developer
Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Wien, Austria

The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH), a research department of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) is offering two positions as Frontend Web Developer and as Web Developer.  

The application deadline is 28 February 2021.

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