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CLARIN Newsflash July 2023

CLARIN Annual Conference (CLARIN2023)

16 - 18 October 2023, Leuven, Belgium (hybrid event)

Registration for the CLARIN Annual Conference 2023 Now Open

The 2023 CLARIN Annual Conference will take place as a hybrid event, which means that two different types of registration are available: virtual and in-person.

Virtual attendance is open to the general audience. Registration link here.

In-person attendance is by invitation only. Authors of accepted papers will receive the registration link with the notification of acceptance, delegates will receive the link from their national coordinators, and keynote speakers and special guests will receive personalised messages.

The preliminary programme of CLARIN2023 is available here


New Impact Story: ‘State-of-the-Art Speech Recognition for Understanding Oral Histories’

Many audio and video interviews are long and unstructured, and not easily directly usable as research data. A team from CLARIN’s Czech node has developed a state-of-the-art system that uses speech recognition and other natural language processing technologies specifically for oral history archives. Called ‘Semantic Search – Asking Questions’, this new machine learning technology enables users to easily access oral history archives and engage with them in an intuitive and interactive way. The technology makes it possible to navigate long sequences of oral recordings by providing pre-generated, time-stamped questions that guide users through the content. In addition, a specialised search function enables direct interaction with the content in the video.


New Release of the ParlaMint Corpora

CLARIN is proud to announce the release of version 3.0 of the ParlaMint corpora. Congratulations to the ParlaMint team on this big achievement!


TwinTalks Recordings Now Online

The recording of the TwinTalks workshop, which was organised from 10 to 12 July 2023 as part of the DH 2023 Conference ‘Collaboration as Opportunity’ in Graz, Austria, has now been added to CLARIN’s video library and can be accessed here. The workshop focused on understanding the challenges as well as facilitating remote collaboration for researchers and teachers in the Digital Humanities.

The event was a joint initiative by CLARIN and DARIAH and was the fourth in a series of successful TwinTalks workshops.

CLARIN Annual Report 2022

The annual report for the year 2022 is now available and gives an overview of all CLARIN highlights and achievements throughout last year, including events, publications and involvement in EU projects.


Two CLARIN B-Centres Certified

Two CLARIN centres have been successfully (re-)assessed. The CLARIN B-centre at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen was re-certified, while the CLARIN-IS centre at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies received the B-centre status for the first time. Congratulations!

Update on CLARIN Funding Opportunities

We would like to inform you that the funding budget for CLARIN Resource Families, workshops, and user involvement activities has been exhausted for 2023. The funding instrument has enabled a number of valuable and impactful events and initiatives, which are regularly reported on in blogs and the Impact Stories.


CLARIN-LV participates at the World Congress of Latvian Scientists

The 5th World Congress of Latvian Scientists ‘Research Latvia’ took place in Riga from 27 to 29 June 2023. One of the biggest events in Latvian science, the congress was visited by Latvian researchers, students, entrepreneurs, national and international public administration institutions, politicians, and other science ecosystem stakeholders from all over the world. CLARIN-LV participated in the congress with several poster presentations: an overview of the CLARIN infrastructure and CLARIN-LV offers for researchers were showcased, while another poster introduced the important Latvian language resources of the national corpus collection and the electronic lexicon The initiative of the Crowdsourced Open Latvian Speech Dataset, Balsu talka, was also presented. In addition, Sanita Reinsone from the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Arts (University of Latvia) participated in the panel discussion on ‘Digitalization and human’.


Helsinki Hackathon 2023: A Recap

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon (#DH­H23) brought together students and researchers from the humanities, social sciences, and computer science for a week and a half of intensive interdisciplinary work. The groups applied digital methods to a variety of datasets, with the goal of solving research questions along four themes: epistolary exchanges, interactional dynamics of online discussion, early modern images, and political polarisation in parliaments.

The latter group (see GitHub repository here, and slides of the project here) explored the phenomenon of political division by analysing different countries’ parliamentary speeches based on the ParlaMint corpora of parliamentary debates, with a specific focus on Great Britain, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukraine.


Resources for Language Documentation

ELAR, the Endangered Languages Archive, is proud to announce that the library of teaching and training materials is available through the ELAR Depositor’s Resource Collection. The collection contains guides, video tutorials, teaching sets with sample files, as well as templates and other useful resources on a variety of documentation tools.



UPSKILLS: Student Project Showcases

Students in language and linguistics from the University of Graz and the University of Rijeka had the opportunity to report on their research projects in the form of blog posts based on templates and guidelines provided by the UPSKILLS project. 


Martin Popel Presents the Charles Translator

In his presentation at the CLARIN General Assembly meeting in April this year, Martin Popel presented  the Charles Translator, a translation tool for Czech and Ukrainian in order to support Ukrainians in the current situation of war. The translator is publicly available and designed to help those from Ukraine to overcome the language barrier and to navigate the Czech environment. 


DARIAH-CAMPUS: How-To Workshop

23 September 2023, 09:00 - 12:00 (CEST) virtual event

This online workshop organised by CLARIAH-AT offers an introduction to the DARIAH-Campus, discovery framework and hosting platform for learning resources, and is hosted at the University of Vienna. DARIAH-Campus is a s and one of the core services of DARIAH. For learners, the platform offers trustworthy, reusable open learning resources; for trainers, it ensures impact and sustainability of training resources.


CLARIAH-NL Annual Conference

30 November 2023, Utrecht, The Netherlands

This year's conference focuses on the topic ‘Digital Humanities for Future Education & Research’ and is open to everyone, regardless of their level of expertise or academic background. The programme will provide ample opportunities to get acquainted with digital humanities (DH) resources, brush up on skills, gain more technical insight, learn about DH methods for education, and share experiences with colleagues. Plenary sessions in the morning and short workshops in the afternoon will give a taste of what CLARIAH-NL has to offer. The event is structured around three themes: Digital thinking, linking and learning; from (heritage) data to research questions, and digital scholarship and sustainable skills.


CLARC 2023: Language and Language Data

28 - 30 September 2023, Rijeka, Croatia

Registration has now opened for CLARC 2023, which will be dedicated to paper presentations and panels that address the empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological aspects of research, focusing on the topics concerning the relationship between language and language data. Themes include language and cultural studies, natural language processing, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and more.

Extended deadline for submissions: 31 July 2023


CLARIN Is Looking for a Student Assistant

CLARIN is looking to hire a student assistant (on average 0,3 - 0,4 FTE depending on availability) during the period of August to November 2023, with a possible extension after this period. The tasks will focus primarily on the organisation of the CLARIN Annual Conference 2023 (16-18 October), to be held in Leuven, Belgium. This position will be of particular interest to students with an academic background with digital humanities, language study, corpus linguistics and natural language processing.

Deadline for applications: 1 August 2023


ELDP: 2024 Grant Round Open

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants for the documentation of endangered languages globally. ELDP especially welcomes applications from documenters from language communities, local scholars and students from the country where the language is spoken, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. You can visit the project pages for the types of projects that have been funded. The Endangered Language Archive (ELAR), a partner of the CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Linguistic Diversity and Language Documentation (CKLD), offers an overview of the resulting digital collections.

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2023