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CLARIN Newsflash July 2019

Andreas Witt joins CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that, as of 1 September 2019, Andreas Witt will join the CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors.  

Andreas Witt, with a strong background in Digital Humanities and Computational Linguistics, will contribute to the implementation of CLARIN's strategic action lines, more specifically to the sustainability agenda and the collaboration between the various bodies that are responsible for the governance of the CLARIN ERIC.  The position that Andreas Witt is taking up has become vacant due to the departure as director of Bente Maegaard.

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CLARIN at DH2019

DH2019 is the global conference for the Digital Humanities. This year, it took place in Utrecht, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands from 9 to 12 July. In collaboration with CESSDA, DARIAH, PARTHENOS and SSHOC, CLARIN ran a booth where participants could find out more about what these five European initiatives do to support the Digital Humanities. Every day different experts were present at the booth to give presentations and answer questions: 

  • Christoph Draxler: Octra – web-based transcription editor

  • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra: The OpenMethods metablog

  • Christoph Draxler : Automatic Speech Recognition for Oral History

  • Liliana Melgar : CLARIAH Media Suite 

  • Laure Barbot : SSHOC Marketplace

  • Walter Scholger: DH Course Registry

For more information about CLARIN related papers, posters and panels see CLARIN at DH2019: Wednesday 10 July 2019, Thursday 11 July 2019 and Friday 12 July 2019

Tour de CLARIN

In the past month Tour de CLARIN visited Slovenia. CLARIN.SI joined CLARIN ERIC in 2015 and hosts a certified B-centre which offers a CLARIN-DSpace repository that currently contains around 110 language resources for Slovenian as well as for other languages, especially Croatian and Serbian. The recent Tour de CLARIN blog posts include an introduction to CLARIN.SI , the resource Emoji Sentiment Ranking 1.0 and the tool CLARIN.SI presents CSMTiser

Tour de CLARIN also paid a visit to TalkBank, the world’s largest open access integrated repository for spoken language data. Read more about this project, which was recognized as a CLARIN Knowledge Centre in 2016, here.

GATE Cloud services for Google Sheets

The GATE team at the University of Sheffield has recently published a set of Google Sheets functions for NLP over text in spreadsheet cells through GATE Cloud web services. These functions provide general named entity recognition (NER), NER tuned for tweets, and named entity linking using the YODIE service, all for English, French, or German. They also

provide rumour veracity evaluation for English.

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Emerging Voices: Building Digital Humanities in Africa
Guest blog post by Demba Kandeh

Africa is said to be the most diverse continent. This is a posture articulated by many but it is also not so hard to see even for a casual observer. Digital humanities as a field is also diverse. By now, I think you know where I am headed with this. Combining two very diverse things therefore is, to put it mildly, a tough challenge. In this article, I will chronicle and reflect on a five-day workshop: “Digital Humanities – the perspective of Africa”, recently organized at the Lorentz Center in Leiden.

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Automatic genre identification with machine learning methods
Interview with PhD student Andrea Dömötör

Andrea Dömötör (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest) was one of the PhD students invited to present their research topic at the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 in Pisa. She participated in the poster slam on stage and showcased her poster during a poster session where the PhD students could talk about their work and findings in a relaxed setting. In this interview Andrea talks about the topic of her research: Automatic genre identification with machine learning methods.

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Andrea Dömötör - Interview at CLARIN2018 in Pisa



Call for papers: ConsILR 2019 
18-20 November 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The call for papers for the 14th International Conference on Linguistic Resources and Tools for Processing the Natural Language (ConsILR 2019) is open. The organizing committee welcomes the submission of paper  that present original and unpublished research in all areas related to Linguistic Resources and Tools for Natural Language Processing. Submitted papers can include descriptions of complete, in progress, or theoretical research work; case studies, demos and review papers are also encouraged.

The principal goal of the ConsILR conferences series is to foster the collaboration between linguists and computer scientists with the intend to develop advanced language technologies and promote the study of Romanian language by using formal and digital approaches.

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Call for Papers: Prague Visual History and Digital Humanities Conference
27–28 January 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

The Malach Center for Visual History at Charles University in Prague invites submissions for the Prague Visual History and Digital Humanities Conference (PraViDCo), organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Center's foundation.

The scope of the conference reflects the interdisciplinary focus of the Malach Center for Visual History activities, therefore we invite submissions thematically encompassing great number of disciplines: history, computational linguistics, genocide studies, sociology, oral history, human-computer interaction, anthropology, digital humanities, psychology, political science and more.

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Call to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting in Helsinki

RDA Europe is offering financial support to nine Early Career Researchers and seven European Experts working with data to attend the 14th RDA Plenary meeting, in Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 October 2019.  

To find out more about the requirements, selection process and financial contributions please visit: Early Careers Researchers Open Call and Expert Open Call.   

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Call KB Researcher-in-Residence 2020

Are you an early career data scientist, social scientist, computer scientist, humanities scholar, or more simply put, a researcher working with, or interested in, our digital collections, such as the web archive, 100 million pages digitised text, or ground-truth sets? Then The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is looking for you!

The Call for Papers for 2 funded KB Researcher-in-residence spots is now open. The submission deadline is 31 September 2019.

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