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CLARIN Newsflash November 2020

Call for Contributions for a Monographic Publication about CLARIN ERIC

Today, as CLARIN transitions from the phase of conception and development to the phase of stable growth, the CLARIN Board of Directors is happy to launch a call for book chapters for the first monograph about CLARIN which is intended to give readers a comprehensive overview of the organisation and its members, its goals and its functioning, as well as the tools and resources hosted by the CLARIN infrastructure. 

All interested authors from CLARIN centres and external institutions, from academia, industry as well as the sector, can contribute to the monograph by responding to this call.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 21 December 2020.

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Tour de CLARIN

Tour de CLARIN highlights the Spanish CLARIN Knowledge Centre. This K-centre was the first CLARIN Knowledge Centre to be established. Initially the Spanish K-Centre covered Spanish, Basque and Catalan, but soon after a Galician specialist research group joined. The centre brings together the specialities of these four groups with complementary skills and experience. Read more

Tour de CLARIN also conducted two interviews:

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CLARIN Resource Families: Manually Annotated Corpora

The CLARIN Resource Families initiative provides a user-friendly overview of the available language resources in the CLARIN infrastructure for researchers from digital humanities, social sciences and human language technologies. 

This month CLARIN highlights manually annotated corpora. These corpora are collections of texts containing manually validated or manually assigned linguistic information, such as morphosyntactic tags, lemmas, syntactic parsers, named entities etc. They can be used to train new language annotation tools as well as to test the accuracy of existing ones. 

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Supporting the Interoperability of EOSC through a Flexible Semantic Mapping Framework

Supported by co-creation funding, a study is being carried out by Daan Broeder from CLARIN on a Flexible Semantic Mapping Framework. This study is analysing existing approaches, integrating the knowledge of relevant experts from RIs and experts in formal semantics, and will eventually suggest a design for such a framework to be implemented in and for .

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HiTZ: The Birth of a New Centre for Language Technology in the Basque Country

On 5 November 2020 the Basque authorities presented the new HiTZ research center at the University of the Basque Country. HiTZ, which means "word" in Basque language, brings together more than 60 multidisciplinary researchers belonging to two different research groups (IXA and Aholab) with a 30-year experience in the processing of spoken and written data.

HiTZ' main activities focus on training, research and innovation in the area of language technologies, with special attention for the computational processing of Basque. This will allow the creation and maintenance of basic resources and tools for the processing of the language to guarantee its presence in the era of digital communication.

HiTZ is also part of the Spanish CLARIN Centre-K

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Launch of the Italian “Vademecum for the Treatment of Oral Sources”

The “Vademecum for the Treatment of Oral Sources”, an important result for CLARIN-IT (UNISI, -TOS, CNR-ILC), was launched during the webinar 'Not Just Paper – Taking Care of Oral Archives' on 27 October 2020. This vademecum contains a summary of useful information for those who work with oral sources as researchers, archivists, librarians and documentalists. It is the result of a collective effort that involved representatives of the university, public administration and scientific associations of reference in Italy. It arises from the acknowledgment that many oral archives produced in the past require an urgent safeguard action to prevent their irreversible deterioration.

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CLARIN services in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) 

These days, there is a lot of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) in the air. There are symposia, many projects (EOSC-hub and SSHOC, to name a few), an association and even whole Horizon calls devoted to it.

But what is it really about? How can you use it? And how does EOSC relate to CLARIN? Read the blog post and watch the video to find out. 


CLARIN Resource Families Project Funding

In the context of the CLARIN Resource Families initiative and the recently launched work plan for the coordination and support for improving the curation of the CLARIN Resource Families, CLARIN is welcoming expressions of interest for small projects that contribute to this initiative with 3-6 person months (PMs) per project. Under this call, up to 3 such projects can be funded between September 2020 and December 2021.

Read the full call


Video Recordings and proceedings of the Workshop Twin Talks 2:  Understanding and Facilitating Collaboration in DH now online

Watch the Twin Talks 2 video recordings in which humanities scholars & digital experts present their achievements and share their collaboration experiences. The proceedings of the workshop are also available online. 

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CLARIN Café - Join Our Parliamentary-flavoured Coffee: ParlaMint

In the November edition of the CLARIN Café, the ParlaMint Project team presented current results (cf. and provided information about the opportunities to join either as a contributor, a user, or both. 

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Machine Learning in Action

When the Horniman Museum curators were preparing the museum’s World Gallery, they recorded their research in the form of a wiki. Knowledge and Information Manager Jonathan Whitson Cloud has been experimenting with GATE toolkit from the Natural Language Processing Group at the University of Sheffield (member of the CLARIN-UK consortium) as a way of extracting useful information from these unstructured notes, to make them a searchable and future-proofed part of the museum’s collections information system. He demonstrates the process and suggests how other museums could use it to get the most out of content such as exhibition text, currently locked up in long-forgotten files.

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INTELE Workshop

25 November 2020, Virtual event

The research strategic network INTELE is organizing its first (free) workshop on 25 November. The main objective of the INTELE strategic network is to promote and foster the CLARIN and DARIAH research infrastructures in Spain. 

To take part as full members of both research infrastructures, the Spanish Government needs to have evidence that Spanish research communities have an interest in using and sharing digital tools and resources, as well as collaborating and participating in projects related to the humanities and social sciences: for this reason, a cooperative effort is needed to collect this information from the research groups that work in any of the languages used in Spain (mainly Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician).

During the workshop CLARIN and DARIAH will be presented. There will also be an invited talk (English), a round table (in Spanish) and poster sessions by the Spanish research groups working in the area of humanities and social sciences.

See the programme and register

META-FORUM 2020: Piloting the European Language Grid
1-3 December 2020, Virtual event

META-FORUM is the international conference on innovative Language Technologies for a multilingual information society. The event brings together a diverse audience: experts from research and industry will meet to discuss the latest news and to learn more about new developments, projects and initiatives from the European Language and language technology community.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Latest Advancements in Linguistic Linked Data

This special issue on the latest advancements in Linguistic Linked Data (LLD) invites high-quality contributions, supported by a robust evaluation, which present an advancement in the state-of-the-art in the field of LLD methodologies and technologies, their use for natural language processing ( ) and which provide insights into the new challenges ahead.>

The submission deadline is 25 January 2021 (extended.

Read the full call