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CLARIN Newsflash March 2016

CLARIN is searching for a new Director for User Involvement

The CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CLARIN ) has an opening for the part-time position of Director for User Involvement (20% fte). The chief responsibility of the Director for User Involvement (UI) is to stimulate, facilitate and coordinate the use of the CLARIN infrastructure, its language resources, and its language technology services by scholars in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) on a European scale. Instruments are in place to support the UI strategy and activities to be undertaken, but we welcome the development of new concepts and initiatives.

The application deadline is 21 April 2016, 18:00 (CET).

Suggestions of suitable candidates are welcomed until 11 April. 

Read the detailed job description and requirements

CLARIN ERIC receives ESFRI Landmark status

During the Launch of the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 that took place on 10 March in Amsterdam, Chair John Womersley officially confirmed the ESFRI Landmark status for 29 Research Infrastuctures, among which CLARIN ERIC. Read more about the ESFRI Landmark status



There will be a large number of people who are involved in building or using CLARIN resources at the 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, to be held 23-28 May 2016 in Portorož, Slovenia. A snapshot of the workshops and papers related to CLARIN is available at

There will also be a CLARIN exhibition stand throughout the conference, where participants can meet people working with CLARIN from the many national consortia, and where they can find out more about what CLARIN offers.


Congratulations to DANSK - the fifth CLARIN Knowledge Centre 

We are happy to announce that the following three institutions have been jointly officially recognized as the Danish CLARIN K-Centre "DANSK - DANish helpdeSK":

Together these institutions cover most of the available competence on the Danish language and Language Resources and Technology for the Danish language.
Read more about what DANSK, the DANish helpdeSK has to offer

What’s happening at…CLARINO Norway

On behalf of the H2020 project CLARIN-PLUS, the CLARINO partner at the University of Bergen hosted a workshop on "Facilitating the creation of new national consortia”. The aim of the workshop was to share and exchange information about the situation across the new and upcoming member countries, and to discuss solutions, synergies and cooperation. The main target group of this workshop consisted of the national coordinators from the countries that joined the ERIC over the last year, and those who are preparing to join. The workshop was held near Bergen on 7 March, 2016.

From 14 to 18 March, 2016, CLARINO also hosted a visit by Pavel Straňák from Charles University in Prague, funded by the CLARIN mobility grants scheme. The goal of the visit was to carry out enhancements to the CLARINO Bergen Repository, which is based on the DSpace/LINDAT repository system. Some of the themes for discussion were metadata flow and conversion, licence handling and assignment of PIDs to versioned resources.

The Annual Meeting of the Nordic CLARIN Network (NCN) was held in Oslo from March 14 to 15, 2016. With a grant from NordForsk, this research network aims to exchange experiences with CLARIN-related activities in the Nordic countries. NCN is coordinated by the University of Copenhagen. The 2016 annual meeting was organized by the CLARINO partners at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen. Topics covered big data, social science use cases, , lemmatizers and non-contemporary resources.


From our CLARIN YouTube channel

Dieter Van Uytvanck (Technical Director CLARIN ERIC) on the state of the technical infrastructure of CLARIN.


Showcase: Spokes - a conversational corpus search engine

Corpora of spontaneous conversational speech are an important source of primary data for research in the humanities. Spokes is a multimedia search engine for a unique corpus of conversational Polish, which has been developed by the University of Łódź as part of the Polish CLARIN Infrastructure. 

Read more about this showcase


Day of DH 2016

A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community publication project that will bring together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day. This year, Day of DH will take place on Friday 8th April. The goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together a picture of the participant’s activities on the day which answers the question:

   "Just what do digital humanists really do?"

This is an opportunity for CLARIN to tell the world about what we do.
There are several ways to participate. One is to post on Twitter using either one of the suggested hashtags #dayofdh or #dayofdh2016, or you can visit and register on the website and post updates there about what you are doing on 8th April.


CLARIN-PLUS workshop: "Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives" 
18 - 19 April 2016 in Oxford, United Kingdom

Currently much unique and valuable spoken language data reside in oral history archives, in the form of digital audio and video, written transcripts and non-digitized recordings. The ‘digital turn’ has had an enormous impact on this archival practice. Various software tools and platforms have been developed to analyze and explore the spoken data but is often not exploited by researchers in the humanities and the social sciences. At the same time oral history data is underused by linguists.
As part of the CLARIN-PLUS project, a two-day workshop will take place at the University of Oxford to share expertise and ideas on this subject matter and to start to discuss possible new collaborations. The workshop will bring together those doing research on oral history archive data, including archivists, language technologists, social scientists and linguists.
Please visit the workshop web page for more details


International Science 2.0 Conference
3 - 4 May 2016 in Cologne, France

The Science 2.0 Conference provides a unique networking platform bringing together all stakeholder groups affected by the digitization of Science.
Taking up the current debate on Open Science at the European Level, this year’s conference focusses on various perspectives of the European Open Science Cloud. To find answers to questions such as “What is the European Open Science Cloud and what is it not?” the conference will bring together different stakeholders affected by the European Open Science Cloud, including decision-makers from academia, science policy, researchers in technology, publishers, practitioners from memory organizations and academic libraries.

Read more about the Science 2.0 conference


Call for Abstracts - Audiovisual data and digital scholarship: towards multimodal literacy
Workshop at DH2016, 12 July 2016 in Kraków, Poland  

This workshop will address both the challenges of analyzing audiovisual data in digital humanities scholarship, as well as the challenges of educating contemporary digital humanists on how to access, analyze, and disseminate an entire century of information generated with audiovisual media.
This workshop is a follow-up to a first workshop on audiovisual material in digital humanities held at the 2014 DH Conference in Lausanne. That workshop paved the way for the foundation of the AVinDH Special Interest Group that has endorsed this 2016 edition.

Read the complete Call for Abstracts

Call for Participation: KWALON 2016 "Reflecting on the future of QDA software"
25 - 26 August 2016 at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Changes in computer science, information gathering and the possibilities of the internet continue to vastly influence the way social sciences and humanities are dealing with data collection and analysis. The next KWALON Conference on Qualitative Data Analysis Software aims to organize the reflection on the implications of the recent innovations and trends. Developers and users of software have been invited reflect on the developments of the past years and to take them as a starting point for a discussion of the requirements for the future versions of QDA tools.

Read more about the KWALON conference 2016 and how to participate

Call for Participation: KWALON 2016 "Reflecting on the future of QDA software"
31 October - 5 November 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus

The International Conference on Cultural Heritage (EUROMED2016) brings together researchers, policy makers, professionals and practitioners to explore some of the more pressing issues concerning cultural heritage today.

Paper submission deadline is 2 May, 2016.

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