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CLARIN Newsflash May 2016

2nd Call for Papers - CLARIN Annual Conference 2016
26 – 28 October 2016, Aix-en-Provence, France

The call for papers for the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016 is still open. You can submit your proposals until 15 July 2016.

The conference is organized for the Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN Infrastructure, the data and services that it contains (or should contain), its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

View the full call for papers

Job opening at CLARIN: Part-time position of 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 25 June 2016, 18:00 (CET).
Suggestions of suitable candidates are welcomed until 21 June.

Read the detailed job description and requirements

CLARIN strongly present at LREC 2016

With more than 40 contributions, 7 workshops and a booth at the HLT village, CLARIN contributed lively to this year’s LREC.

Read the blog article on CLARIN at LREC 2016


D-LUCEA is an acronym for Database of the Longitudinal Utrecht Collection of English Accents. LUCEA  is a database of  speech recordings of L1 and L2 speakers of English. The recorded speakers are students from an international student community where English is used as lingua franca. These students were recorded  throughout their 3-year period on campus, using both read and spontaneous speech in L1 and in L2 English (or in L1 English only).

The database is of interest for research and development in linguistics, language education (pronunciation training), speech technology (foreign accent detection, language recognition, speech recognition), and socio-phonetics.

Watch the video (click on CC to enable English subtitles)


Showcase: DiaCollo: collocation analysis in diachronic perspective  

In the words of the famous language philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein: "the meaning of a word is its usage in the language" (Philosophical Investigations, Part I, section 43). In other words, the meaning of a word can be revealed by the context in which it appears. An ambiguous word such as ‘bank’ can be be disambiguated given its context: the ‘bank’ bounding a body of water will tend to occur together with terms like “river”, “lake”, or “slope”, while the ‘bank’ which is a financial institution will tend occur together with expressions like “money”, “cheque”, or “go to”.

DiaCollo is a software tool for the discovery, comparison, and interactive visualization of the typical word combinations for a user-specified target term. Characteristic word combination profiles based on various underlying text corpora can be requested for a particular time period, as well as direct comparisons between different time periods.

Read more about this showcase

Watch this screencast that demonstrates the use of the tool “DiaCollo”.


DH@Madrid Summer School 2016 at LINHD-UNED
27 June - 1 July 2016, Madrid, Spain or online

The central topic of this year’s summer school is: “Digital Technologies applied to the study of poetry”. It will cover different technologies and approaches to DH standards and methods, as -XML, semantic web technologies, and some smaller approaches to stylometry and R.

The course can be followed in person or virtually. Registration is the same in both cases, but virtual students will have streaming videos and presentations online.

More information, registration and programme


RDA workshop at DH2016
12 July 2016, Kraków, Poland

The purpose of this workshop is to conduct a meaningful examination of the data fabric and infrastructure components being defined by the Research Data Alliance ( ), to test their relevance and applicability to the needs of the digital humanities community, and to discuss opportunities for humanities engagement in further standards development.

This workshop will take place at the Digital Humanities 2016 conference in Kraków. To participate in this workshop, individuals should register for DH2016 at and be sure to also register for the workshop.

For more information, please visit the RDA website.

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