CLARIN Newsflash November 2018

South Africa Joins CLARIN ERIC as Observer

We are very pleased to announce that in October 2018 South Africa has joined CLARIN as an observer.

South Africa will be represented by North-West University, where the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLAR)is based. SADiLaR has an enabling function, with a focus on all eleven official languages of South Africa and supports research and development in the domains of language technology and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences.

Over the medium term, SADiLaR hopes to make all of their resources available for discovery via CLARIN's VLO, while also integrating some of the automatic processing tools developed for the South African languages, such as part-of-speech taggers, named entity recognizer, and OCR engines, available for use through the Switchboard, developed by CLARIN.

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Iceland Joins CLARIN ERIC as Observer

We are very pleased to announce that as of November 2018 Iceland is the fourth country that joined CLARIN ERIC as an observer.

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studieswill represent Iceland in CLARIN ERIC and will lead the Icelandic CLARIN consortium. The consortium will be formally established in January. Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Iceland, has been appointed as National Coordinator for Iceland.

Iceland will benefit from membership in gaining access to a great number of tools and resources, and to expertise in several matters. A great number of resources and tools will be developed within their Language Technology Program, and described and stored according to standards adopted within CLARIN.

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UK Joins as an Observer for a Second Period

The UK has been an Observer of CLARIN ERIC since 2015, and has been admitted for a second three-year period. CLARIN-UK will aim to prepare a proposal for full membership, extend and reinforce the national consortium, and participate in the development of infrastructure at the national level. Also important in the current political situation, continued and increased participation in CLARIN presents an opportunity to show willingness to cooperate and participate at the European level in research.

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New Composition Scientific Advisory Board 

Recently two new members of the CLARIN Scientific Advisory Board ( ) have been appointed: Marina Buzzoni (Italy) and Gerhard Schneider (Germany).

See the updated overview of SAB members on the CLARIN website.

CLARIN Demonstrator at the EOSC Launch Event in Vienna

The launch of the European Open Science Cloud ( ) took place on 23 November 2018 in Vienna, marking the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders, and representing a symbolic start for the EOSC. At the event Dr. Maciej Ogrodniczuk (Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences) from CLARIN-PL demonstrated the integration of the Language Resource Switchboard into the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) on behalf of CLARIN ERIC.

During the launch a EOSC Portal-themed booklet was distributed, a PDF version of the booklet can be found here.

Read more about the launch and watch the CLARIN demonstration video

CLARIN 2019 in Leipzig
Save the date!

In 2019 the CLARIN Annual Conference (CLARIN2019), will take place on 30 September and 1-2 October in Leipzig, Germany.

CLARIN2019 will have a programme of keynotes, papers, posters and demos.

The CLARIN Annual Conference is the main annual event for those working on the construction and operation of CLARIN across Europe, as well as for representatives of the communities of use in the humanities and social sciences.

More details about CLARIN2019 will follow on the conference webpage, Twitter (#CLARIN2019) and our upcoming newsflashes.  


CLARIN Poster Won 2nd Place in Poster Competition

The CLARIN poster "Transcending Scientific Boundaries across SSH Research focusing on Parliamentary Data"has been awarded 2nd place in the poster competition implemented under the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council conferenceon 'Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda – Valuation of SSH in mission-oriented research'.

Maria Eskevich (CLARIN ERIC) presented the CLARIN poster at the conference. The price was handed to Maria during the special award ceremony which took place on 28 November.

Tour de CLARIN Publication is here!

We are very happy to announce that the first volume of the Tour de CLARIN publication is now online and can be accessed here. Tour de CLARIN is a highly successful initiative that highlights prominent user involvement activities of CLARIN national consortia.

The first volume presents the nine CLARIN countries that we have visited so far: Finland, Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece and Lithuania.

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Tour de CLARIN Visits Estonia

Estonia is the tenth country we visit with the Tour de CLARIN. The Estonian CLARIN consortium, officially called Center of Estonian Language Resources (CELR), is a founding member of CLARIN ERIC. It is a B-certified centre that involves four Estonian research institutions – University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Institute of the Estonian Language and Estonian Literary Museum. The National Coordinator of CLARIN in Estonia is Kadri Vider. Aleksei Kelli, an Estonian legal expert, is the chair of the CLARIN Legal and Ethical Issues Committee (CLIC).

Read more about the Estonian CLARIN consortium here and about the EstNLTK, the Estonian Natural Language Toolkit here.

B-Centre Certification for BBAW and CELR Successfully Concluded!

We are pleased to announce that the Center of Estonian Language Resources (CELR)in Tartu, Estonia, has received its first B-Centre certification, and that the BBAW - Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities(BBAW) in Berlin, Germany has been successfully re-assessed and received a renewed B-Centre certificate.

The centres have been assessed again according to the current criteria and are both certified as a CLARIN B-centre.

“Pass the Baton, Libraries!” Traversing the Research Data Lifecycle with a Clear Distribution of Roles

Dr. Christian Thomas of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) presented the cooperation in terms of Data curation between CLARIN-Dand the BBAWat the 14th Bibliotheca Baltica Symposium in Rostock, Germany.

Have a look at the presentation slides here



CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Treebanking

Learn more about the virtual CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Treebanking that is operated by the CLARINO Bergen Centre at the University of Bergen in Norway and LINDAT/CLARIN at the Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic. Read the blog postwritten by Koenraad De Smedt and Jan Hajič.



Blog post: Seminar on Speech and Language Technology Tools 
A HunCLARIN UI event in Szeged, Hungary

Just some days after the annual CLARIN conference in Pisa, on 19 October 2018, the Seminar on Speech and Language Technology Toolstook place in Szeged, Hungary.

The general aim of the event was to introduce the digital linguistic services to researchers, teachers and students that are already working on linguistic projects. The objectives of the workshop was:

  • to show there are several well-developed, state-of-the-art corpora and software tools available in the fields of historical linguistics, child language and other fields of HSS;
  • to introduce the very basics of using these services;
  • to show that at HunCLARIN most of these services are available, as well as professional help on how to use them.

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Khalid Choukri - Interview at CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 in Pisa

One of the highlights of the first day of CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 in Pisa was the signing of a collaboration agreement between CLARIN ERIC and the European Language Resources Association (ELRA). CLARIN and ELRA share areas of interest and have been developing similar activities related to the promotion and dissemination of Language Resources (LR) and Language and Speech Technologies.

In this interview, Khalid Choukri talks about ELRA and explains the major benefits expected from this collaboration.

Watch the interview 



Language Technologies for the Next Generation Internet
4 December 2018, Vienna, Austria

All comers are invited to a Networking Session on Language Technologies at the European Commission’s ICT 2018 conference in Vienna. The session “Where Multilingualism, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence meet: Language Technologies for the Next Generation Internet”) takes place on 4 December 2018 from 17:00-17:45.

The current H2020 Language Technology projects will be presented, together with a vision for CL/ /LT projects in the following program period (2021-2027). There will be enough space for questions and discussion.

The yearly ICT Days, organized by the European Commission, are a good opportunity to network and find partners for the next round of calls in H2020.

Registration for the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna is free of charge and open till Sunday 2 December 2018.

Register here


Call for workshop papers: “Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH”
5 March 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark (during DHN2019)

Proposals are invited for a workshop which aims get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions.

All submitted talks at this workshop are to be submitted and presented by a humanities researcher and a digital expert. They report on the research carried out together, both from their individual perspective (either humanities research or technical), as well as on their collaboration experience.

Submission deadline for papers is 2 January 2019.

Read the full call for workshop papers

Call for Papers: Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage (DATeCH)
8-10 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium

The call for papers for DATEch (Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage) is open.

The International DATeCH conference brings together researchers and practitioners seeking innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form. This interdisciplinary conference, takes place at the intersection of computer science, (digital) humanities, and cultural heritage studies.

The submission deadline for papers is 12 December 2018.

Read the full call for papers


2nd Call for Papers: LDK2019
20-22 May 2019, Leipzig, Germany

This is the second call for paper for  the second biennial conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019).

LDK aims at bringing together researchers from across disciplines concerned with the acquisition, curation and use of language data in the context of data science and knowledge-based applications.

Paper submission deadline is 11 January 2019.

More information can be found here.

Call for papers: CL2019 International Corpus Linguistics Conference 
22-26 July 2019 at Cardiff University

The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) at Cardiff University invites submission of papers for the 10th International Corpus Linguistics Conference (CL2019), which will take place at Cardiff University. The theme of the conference is: ‘The future of Corpus Linguistics’.

The theme of the conference is intended to draw our attention to some of the challenges and opportunities which Corpus Linguistics has encountered, continues to encounter and may well encounter in the future. It is hoped that the conference will offer a snapshot of the various perspectives which corpus linguistics provides within and beyond the field of applied linguistics.

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Call for Paper Offerings for LREC Shared Task on Reproducibility

Did you author a recent paper in the area of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, and are you interested in further visibility of your paper, and wondering how well other researchers are able to reproduce your results?

Please consider offering your paper for the upcoming Shared Task on Reproducibility!

The deadline for paper offerings is 15 January 2019.

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Tenure Track Professorship in Natural Language Processing
Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

The Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology has an opening for a Tenure Track Professorship in Natural Language Processing.

Graz University of Technology is looking for outstanding candidates with a research focus in the field of Natural Language Processing und Text-Mining. Methods to process large quantities of textual data and information extraction by means of machine learning methods are of particular interest. These methods should go beyond a single language.

Deadline for applications is 3 December 2018.

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Post-doctoral Fellow with Expertise in Speech Technology
Laboratoire des Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP), Paris, France

LSCP is looking for a post-doctoral fellow with expertise in speech technology to work on zero/low resource and/or daylong recordings.

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