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CLARIN Newsflash June 2017

Selected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016 Published

This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016 which was held in Aix-en-Provence, France, on 26–28 October 2016.
Following the conference, authors of the accepted papers were invited to submit full versions of their papers to be considered for the conference proceedings volume, and 10 out of 14 full-length submissions were accepted for this volume. Most of these papers address core CLARIN issues dealing with the construction, maintenance and use of the European infrastructure coordinated in the framework of the CLARIN , such as…continue reading


Tour de CLARIN: Sweden

“Tour de CLARIN” is a new CLARIN ERIC User Involvement initiative that aims to periodically highlight prominent User Involvement activities of a particular CLARIN national consortium, which in April and May 2017 was Finland (read the blog posts here). In June and July 2017 ‘Tour de CLARIN’ focuses on Sweden, with the first blog post giving an overview of the SWE-CLARIN.

Doing text analytics for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences with CLARIN (LDK tutorial)

The tutorial ‘Doing text analytics for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences with CLARIN” took place on 18 June 2017, as part of the pre-conference programme for LDK 2017, the conference on Language, Data and Knowledge at the National University of Ireland Galway.

The lectures included an overview of methods and approaches in Digital Humanities by Antal van den Bosch (Meertens Instituut and Radboud University) and in Social Sciences by Dong Nguyen (Alan Turing Institute). The lectures were followed by hands-on sessions led by Folgert Karsdorp (Meertens Instituut) with CLARIN tools and techniques for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. The tutorial also included a ‘CLARIN Researcher Clinic’ for the participants to discuss their research and tools with the tutorial lecturers.

Read more about the tutorial and download the slides here and the LDK 2017 Conference here.

We archived social media activity during the event, which you can view in Storify. To view photographs from the event visit our Facebook page.

CLARIN-PLUS Workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources"

In early June, CLARIN-LT hosted the CLARIN-PLUS Workshop “Creation and Use of Social Media Resources “in Kaunas, Lithuania, the fourth and final workshop in a series of user involvement workshops within the CLARIN-PLUS project. The aim of the workshop was to gather researchers interested in social media data from computational linguistics, social sciences, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, language variation and other research domains, so that they could share their ideas on a number of themes and topics.

This included sharing information about existing social media data resources and tools, active research projects that analyse social media data, and exploring problems related to the collection, storage and access of data. The discussions led to identifying some common research directions, some joint efforts to achieve resource interoperability and comparability, as well as further suggestions for ongoing cooperation.

Find out more about the workshop here and read more about the Impressions of CLARIN-LT on the CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on Social Media Resources here

CLARIN-related Publications, Papers and Workshops 

Google Form has been created that you can use to help us to keep track of CLARIN-related publications, as well as workshops at major events, particularly for the upcoming ACL2017 and DH2017 conferences.  We would like to be informed at an early stage to prepare the publicity during the events. The aim is to have comprehensive lists* of:

  • work by CLARIN members on CLARIN resources or the CLARIN Infrastructure
  • work by others that describes or prominently mentions the CLARIN Infrastructure or CLARIN resources
  • research based on CLARIN resources, either or not explicitly mentioning CLARIN
  • workshops based on or inspired by CLARIN

* This is a complementary activity to CLARIN's regular Zotero reference management. You can add your CLARIN-related reference to the CLARIN Zotero group. If you have submitted your info to CLARIN Zotero, there is no need to use the Google Form.


New Publication: Corpora and Language Resources in Austria

The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, the CLARIN member at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, has published a special issue on the use of corpora and language resources in the digital humanities. The volume, edited by Claudia Resch and Wolfgang Dressler, demonstrates the breadth of corpus-based and corpus-guided research in Austria. It contains a number of contributions which deal with CLARIN infrastructure components, and includes discussion of the development and evaluation of standards. The publication allows readers to get an overview of available digital methods and their potential for the humanities, and provides information about various types of corpora (historical/contemporary, written/oral, standard/non-standard, etc.).

More information about this special issue 

CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on User Involvement by FIN-CLARIN
A blogpost by Tero Aalto 

The fourth type I CLARIN-PLUS workshop for new countries and consortia was organized by FIN-CLARIN in Helsinki 8-9 June. The topic of the workshop was user involvement, and it was aimed at the people responsible for user involvement activities in the national consortia. A total of 23 participants from all over Europe came together to discuss new ideas and best practices to engage existing users of CLARIN services, and to discover and to attract new ones.

Some CLARIN countries already have experience with systematically engaging user communities. For example, both FIN-CLARIN and SWE-CLARIN visited a number of research organizations in their countries in 2016. The CLARIN User Involvement group coordinates activities and helps national consortia in their UI efforts. CLARIN is reaching out beyond the field of language research, towards digital humanities and social...continue reading

View tweets about this CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on User Involvement and other CLARIN User Involvement activities on #clarinui.


An invited talk by prof. dr. Michael Beißwenger (University of Duisburg-Essen) entitled ” Creation of Standards for Social Media Corpora: a Digital Humanities Topic Par Excellence” from the CLARIN-PLUS workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources" in Kaunas, 18 June 2017.

Watch the video 

Read more about the workshop here and watch other presentations on


DHBenelux and Satellite Event on FAIR Principles
3-6 July, Utrecht, The Netherlands

In less than two weeks the DHBenelux conference and the satellite event on the FAIR principles for data management will take place at Utrecht University.
DHBenelux serves as a platform for DH researchers and offers an opportunity for members of the DH community to meet, present research, demonstrate tools, and discuss projects. During the conference a Bazaar is organized on Tuesday 4 July (15:30-17:15) where the recently relaunched CLARIN-DARIAH course registry for DH courses will be demonstrated.

As a satellite event, a joint PARTHENOS-CLARIN-DARIAH workshop on the FAIR principles for data management will take place on Thursday 6 July (09:00-12:00). Participation is free, but registration is required.
More details can be found on the CLARIN Event page


Registration Open: Summer School “Semantic Technologies and Linguistic Tools for Digital Humanities”
3-5 July, Madrid, Spain 

Summer School “Semantic Technologies and Linguistic tools for Digital Humanities” will take place in Madrid, from 3rd to 5th of July 2017. Registration is open and you can participate online or in person.

One of the objectives of the Summer School is to engage the research community to use CLARIN tools and infrastructures.

The event is cofinanced by CLARIN ERIC and the ERC project #POSTDATA.

For more information visit LiNHD’s website.

Call for papers – KnowRSH workshop
7 September 2017, Varna, Bulgaria

The Knowledge Resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (KnowRSH) workshop will be held in conjunction with the 11th biennial Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing conference (RANLP 2017) which will take place in September 4-8, 2017, in Varna, Bulgaria.

The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers working on the integration and
creation of knowledge resources for Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (KnowRSH) applications. In particular, KnowRSH aims to bring together researchers with historians, political scientists, philosophers, and researchers from infrastructure communities, such as CLARIN, DARIAH, ISKO and COST ENeL.

Authors are invited to submit papers on original, unpublished work in the topic area of the workshop, related use cases, or system demos. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2017.

Read the full call for papers

Second Call for papers - Workshop on Teaching NLP for Digital Humanities (Teach4DH)
12 September 2017, Berlin, Germany 

Teach4DH is a workshop on teaching NLP for digital humanities which is co-located with GSCL 2017.
The workshop is intended to provide a forum for teachers of natural language processing to share experiences, discuss best practices, introduce teaching concepts, and present demos of existing technology. It also provides an opportunity for researchers in the humanities to express their needs and provide directions for future curriculum developments. The workshop is intended to foster collaborations and to cross-fertilize knowledge across humanities disciplines.
Teach4DH welcomes submissions of long and short papers, posters, and demonstrations relating to any aspect of teaching NLP in digital humanities classes.
The workshop is co-organized by the German Society for Computational Linguistics & Language Technology SIG Education and Profession and is fully supported by CLARIN.
Read the full call for papers

CLARIN User Involvement Event during CMC-Corpora 2017
5 October 2017, 10:30–14:00, Bolzano / Bozen, Italy

The goal of the CLARIN User Involvement event is to give a practical introduction into the annotation of language data from genres of computer mediated communication (CMC) and social media using the formats of the Text Encoding Initiative... continue reading

The tutorial is funded as a CLARIN User Involvement Event and will be held in association with the 5th Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities (cmccorpora17), held Oct 3rd & 4th @ Eurac Research, Italy.

ECHIC 2018 - "Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities" 
4-6 April 2018, Leuven, Belgium

April 2018, the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven and the KU Leuven Libraries are hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres.
The conference aims to probe some of the most pressing issues facing the humanities as academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. Papers and discussions will be focused around (challenges connected to) digital scholarship in the humanities and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research. Submissions must be sent before 1 September 2017.
Read the complete call for papers

ESSLLI 2018: Extended Deadline for Call for Courses and Workshops
6-17 August 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

The deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to 25 June 2017.
Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI 2018 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing Sciences. Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged.
We would like to encourage researchers to submit proposals for courses and workshops related to CLARIN! Please contact your national consortium or CLARIN ERIC if you have any CLARIN-related questions.

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Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of the LRE Journal: "Language Technology for Digital Humanities"

Submissions are invited for papers to a special issue of the journal Language Resources and Evaluation. The special issue will focus on the use of language technology for digital humanities and will have the title "Language Technology for Digital Humanities’.

The editors would be delighted to receive submissions from the CLARIN community. Please consider contributing to this special issue and encourage colleagues to do so as well.

The submission deadline is 31 October 2017.

Read the complete call

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Web Semantics for Digital Humanities
Special issue of the Journal of Web Semantics

Digital humanities is a new and emerging field, which brings together humanities scholars, social scientists and computer and information scientists to work on agendas of both fundamental and applied research. The field combines digital semantic technologies and (big) digital heritage data. Digital humanities research is typically driven by core questions in each of these disciplines: on the one hand semantic technologies are applied in novel ways in addressing research questions of humanities and social sciences; on the other hand these areas stimulate the development of novel methods in computer and information sciences.
For this special issue the Journal of Web Semantics is calling for the submission of novel and impactful research results demonstrating the design, development, evaluation and use of research methods and infrastructures based on Semantic Web technologies for cultural heritage data and use cases in digital humanities scholarship. The submission deadline is extended to 1 December 2017 (was 2 October 2017).
Read the call for papers