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CLARIN Newsflash May 2018

Changes in CLARIN Governance 

As of 1 May 2018 there are some changes in the governance of CLARIN.

For the coming two years the presidency of the General Assembly will be in the hands of Ursula Brustmann (Austria), and Petr Ventluka (Czech Republic) will be the vice-president. We would like to take the opportunity to thank their predecessors, Rūta Petrauskaitė and Alice Dijkstra for their engagement and guidance during the past period.

Composition of the General Assembly 

The new chair of the National Coordinators’ Forum ( ) is Maciej Piasecki (Poland). Krister Lindén (Finland) will act as vice-chair. They are the successors of Koenraad De Smedt and Jan Odijk.  Koenraad De Smedt also stepped back as ex officio member of the Board of Directors. CLARIN is very grateful for his contribution to the CLARIN vision and the further development of the CLARIN infrastructure.  In one of the coming newsflashes the new way of working within the NCF that has been agreed will be presented.

Composition of the National Coordinators’ Forum


CLARIN Resource Families Launched

We are proud to announce the launch of CLARIN Resource Families, a new initiative which aims to provide a user-friendly overview of the available corpora for many languages in the CLARIN infrastructure. These resources are valuable for researchers from digital humanities, social sciences and human language technologies.

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Take part in our survey
As part of the CLARIN Resource Families initiative, we are conducting a survey of the existing historical corpora. We have prepared the preliminary results based on a search using the and the national CLARIN repositories:

Preliminary results(in tabular form)

We’d really appreciate if you could add a comment to the table in case of resources or info that we have missed or if the info needs to be adjusted. Comments and suggestions by email are welcome too. 

We are collecting feedback by June 1 after which we will prepare the final report.


Selected Papers from the CLARIN 2017 Annual Conference

The proceedings from last year’s Annual Conference have been published at Linköping University Electronic Press.

View the Selected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2017

ILC4CLARIN Recognized as CLARIN B-centre

The ILC4CLARIN Centreat the Institute for Computational Linguistics has been awarded B-centre status.

The ILC4CLARIN data centre is a node in the CLARIN-ITinfrastructure, the Italian component of the European CLARIN federation. It seeks to build an infrastructure for language resources and technology in support of scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The main objective of ILC4CLARIN is to ensure that researchers in Italy have access to European CLARIN-compatible language resources and that Italian resources are accessible to researchers in other countries.

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On At the 11th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), the CLARIN team organised a successful full-day workshop under the tile ParlaCLARIN. 
We brought together researchers and practitioners who work with parliamentary data in different languages on diverse research questions. A keynote talk by professor Cornelia Ilie, oral presentations of 15 papers, and a vivid panel discussion all contributed to confirming the viability of this research direction, and its high potential for further collaboration.

Further details of the workshop, with links to all individual papers and slides, can be found on the ParlaCLARIN webpage.Proceedings of the workshop in one file can be downloaded here.

To continue the discussions, and to bring together new initiatives we have set up a mailing list that is open to researchers who are interested in the topic. If you would like to be signed up to the ParlaCLARIN mailing list, please send an email to

More reports from CLARIN at LREC 2018 can be found via below links:

CLARIN@LREC Wednesday 9 May
CLARIN@LREC Thursday 10 May
CLARIN@LREC Friday 11 May

To get a visual impression of CLARIN@LREC have a look at our photos on

Tour de CLARIN: the Czech CLARIN Consortium Presents Universal Dependencies (UD) 

Universal Dependencies(UD) is an open collaboration project in the field of Natural Language Processing ( ). Its motivation comes from multi- and cross-lingual research, and its goal is to develop a universal approach to grammatical annotation, applicable to as many languages as possible. UD is administered by an international team under supervision of Joakim Nivre. The Universal Dependencies project has been up and running since the spring of 2014.

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Watch the video of the PARTHENOS eHumanities and eHeritage Webinar Series.

Further details on the webinar series can be found here.



5th DH@Madrid Summer School: “Applications of Natural Language Processing for Humanities Research”
9 - 11 July 2018

LINHD UNED will host the 5th DH@Madrid Summer School “Applications of Natural Language Processing for Humanities Research”. It is possible to attend the course on-site and on-line.

The course will bring together a varied group of leading international experts in digital humanities, natural language processing, and language technologies. The Summer School will be of special interest for humanists focused in digital research methods applied to the humanities.

More information and registration


Call for participation- wnlex – Wordnets as Lexicographical Resources 
16 July 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Co-located with Euralex2018, a workshop on the topic of “Wordnets as Lexicographic Resources” will be held. The workshop will consist of a series of talks and open discussion related to the use of Princeton WordNet, and wordnets developed for other languages, as resources for lexicography. All are welcome to attend and registration is free.

Find out more about the workshop

7-17 August 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

The 30th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized by Kiril Simov (IICT-BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria) and Petya Osenova (Sofia University, Bulgaria).The CLARIN community will also be present and will give courses and lectures during the summer school. See the programme for more details.  

The summer school is supported through CLARIN’s funding scheme for User Involvement events.

If you would like to participate, please make sure to register. The early bird registration ends on 31 May.

More info on ESSLLI 2018

Call for Papers - 6th Estonian Digital Humanities Conference: Data, humanities & language: tools & applications
26-28 September 2018 Tartu, Estonia

The Call for Papersfor the 6th Estonina Digital Humanities Conference is now open. Deadline for abstracts and workshop proposals is June 11.

The conference seeks to share knowledge and support co-operation in digital humanities in Estonia and internationally. This year the main focus is on methods, applications and tools for working with textual data and language. Additionally, contributions from all areas associated with digital and computational humanities are welcome in order to develop a stronger community of the field in Estonia and neighbouring countries.

More information about the conference

Baltic HLT 2018: The Baltic Perspective
27-29 September 2018, Tartu, Estonia

The 8th International Conference “Human Language Technologies - the Baltic Perspective”  aims to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas between researchers, developers, students, and users of human language processing technologies. The main topic of interest is the state of human language technologies for the languages spoken in the Baltic states.

More information about Baltic HLT 2018


Digital Infrastructure for Research: Serving the user base
9 - 11 October 2018, Lisbon, Portugal

The Call for Abstract for the third Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2018) is open. All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses. 

DI4R 2018 will showcase the policies, processes, best practices, data and services necessary for the support of the research process to ultimately advance scientific knowledge through and open science. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is 29 June 2018.

Read the Call for Abstracts


Call for Contributions - dha2018: Empowering researchers
29 November  - 1 December 2018, Salzburg, Austria

The 5th conference digital humanities Austria (dha2018) takes place at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg. The goal of the conference is to offer a forum for the dialogue between specialist disciplines and their digitalisation. It also aims at making research more accessible for society. It is supported by CLARIN, DARIAH-EU, the University of Salzburg and Digital Humanities Austria.

Read the complete Call for Contributions

Call for Course and Workshop Proposals: ESSLLI 2019 
5-16 Aug 2019, Riga, Latvia

Proposals for courses and workshops at ESSLLI 2019 are invited in all areas of Logic, Linguistics and Computing Sciences. Cross-disciplinary and innovative topics are particularly encouraged. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 June 2018. ESSLLI 2019 will take place at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.

Read the call for course and workshop proposals




PhD researcher in Natural Language Processing
University of Zagreb, Croatia

The Text Analysis and Knowledge Engineering Lab (TakeLab) at FER, University
of Zagreb, Croatia, invites applications for the position of a PhD researcher in Natural Language Processing. The research will be carried out within the R&D project "An integrated document management system for the legislation of the Republic of Croatia". The project aims to develop a platform for semantic analysis and search of legislative documents, targeted at both professional and lay users. The specific technical and scientific challenges include semantic and faceted search, conversational search, multi-label document classification, and keyword extraction.

Read the complete job description