CLARIN Newsflash October 2018

Reappointment of Darja Fišer as CLARIN ERIC Director of User Involvement

We are happy to announce that as of 1 October 2018 Darja Fišer (University of Ljubljana and Jožef Stefan Institute) has been reappointed as CLARIN Director of User Involvement for another two years.

In her first term, which lasted from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018, Darja has worked hard to bring CLARIN users and our infrastructure usability and usefulness to centre stage.

In the coming period, the plan is to extend the existing successful initiatives to provide overviews of the tools available through the CLARIN infrastructure, collect showcases of successful uses of the CLARIN infrastructure in and develop tutorials for CLARIN's key services for researchers in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and highlight the work of the K-centres.

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CLARIN Annual Conference 2018: Summary

The CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 took place in Pisa, Italy on 8-10 October 2018. CLARIN2018 was organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. 

With 240 participants this is our biggest conference to date! You can read more about the conference in the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 summary.

You can also visit the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 page, where you can find links to the programme, book of abstracts, conference proceedings and more. To follow up on CLARIN2018 activity on Twitter see our 'Twitter Moment'.

We would like to thank all participants for making CLARIN2018 a success!

Collaboration Agreement between CLARIN ERIC and ELRA

One of the highlights ofthe CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 was the signing of a collaboration agreement between CLARIN ERIC and the European Language Resources Association (ELRA), which was announced back in July 2018. Read more



2018 Steven Krauwer Awards for CLARIN Achievements Awarded to Daan Broeder and Pavel Straňák

The 2018 Steven Krauwer Awards for CLARIN Achievements were awarded to Daan Broeder (Meertens Institute, KNAW) and Pavel Straňák (Charles University) for their outstanding contributions toward CLARIN goals.

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Virtual Language Observatory Featured in the European Open Science Cloud Hub Magazine

-hub Magazine's 2nd issue has been published and distributed during the 2018 Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R 2018) conference, one of the key annual events co-organized by EOSC-hub. The EOSC-hub Magazine is a publication of the EOSC-hub project, which aims to showcase major results and achievements of the project, collaborations with other initiatives and updates from the communities. The magazine also provides an overview of the latest highlights from the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) landscape.

Among the highlights of the second issue is an article by CLARIN Developer Twan Goosenon the Virtual Language Observatory.

Read the article onlineor view / download the PDF version

Tour de CLARIN Visits Lithuania

Two Tour de CLARIN blog posts have been published recently: CLARIN-LT presents a Lithuanian Dependency Treebank introducing ALKSNIS, a syntactically annotated corpus of Lithuanian that serves as a gold standard for the syntactic analysis of Lithuanian, and The annual CLARIN-LT seminars, a successful initiative that is organized by CLARIN-LT at the end of each year.

You can read more about Tour de CLARIN initiative here.

CLARIN Mobility Grants

CLARIN mobility grants help researchers and developers to fund short visits (typical duration: one week) between representatives of CLARIN sites to collaborate on building and using the CLARIN infrastructure.

The mobility grants are designed to promote:

  • sharing of expertise between CLARIN centres and countries;
  • integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries not currently in the CLARIN ERIC;
  • collaboration between CLARIN developers and researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

Read more about the mobility grants and how to apply


CLARIN-D at the DARIAH Grand Tour 2018

During the DARIAH Grand Tour 2018 that took place at Technical University in Darmstadt, CLARIN-D presented posters on the cooperation between CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE and on Data Management and Metadata in CLARIN-D. Links to the posters can be found on the CLARIN-D website.

Progress Reports on the European Summer University (ESU) 2018 Online

The reports and impressions of CLARIN-D's fellows that attended ESU 2018 are now available online. Due to the generous support of CLARIN ERIC, CLARIN-D awarded sponsorships to these young scientists to allow them to participate in ESU 2018. CLARIN-D has been involved and committed to the European Summer University at the University of Leipzig since 2014.


Oral History Under Scrutiny in München - Cross disciplinary Overtures Between Linguists, Historians and Social Scientists
A blog post by Stef Scagliola and Louise Corti about the Oral History & Technology - München workshop that took place on 19-21 September 2018

Heading to München at the end of September offers the spectacle of cheerful Germans wearing dirndls and lederhosen, celebrating their Oktoberfest with remarkable enthusiasm and tons of good beer. This year, the Bavarian stronghold hosted another cheerful gathering of a dedicated community: a CLARIN multidisciplinary workshop in which scholars in the fields of speech technology, social sciences, human computer interaction, oral history and linguistics engaged with each others’ methods and digital tools... read the full blog post



Presentation on Current Research in Disordered Speech
by Dr. Nicola Bessell (University College Cork)

Watch the presentation on Current Research in Disordered Speech that was given by Dr. Nicola Bessell (Adjunct Lecturer and Tutor at University College Cork) during the CLARIN-supported DELAD workshop that was held on 15-17 November 2017 in Cork, Ireland. This workshop brought together a selected group of experts in language disorders research and corpora of disordered speech to set up a plan to collect existing and new corpora and to include these in the CLARIN infrastructure.

Watch the presentation


EnetCollect - 6th STSM Call & Targeted STSM Proposals

The EnetCollect COST Action (European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques) is issuing its 6th call for Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) proposals.

STSMs are funded exchange visits between researchers involved in a COST Action, allowing scientists to visit an institution or laboratory in another COST country. They are aimed at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSMs are intended especially for young researchers.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2018.

Read the full call for proposals

Call for Papers DH2019
9-12 July 2019, Utrecht, the Netherlands

ADHO invites submission of proposals for its annual DH conference: DH2019. The theme of the 2019 conference is Complexities.

DH2019 will be hosted by Utrecht University. Spread across three conference days and two days of pre-conference workshops, participants will present their newest DH-research and the applications of their work.

Submission deadline for abstracts is 27 November 2018, 11:59pm GMT.
Submission deadline for workshops and tutorials is 10 January 2019,11:59pm GMT. 

Read the full call for papers (also available in other languages than English)


Call for Workshop Proposals: RANLP-2019 
2-4 September 2019, Varna, Bulgaria

RANLP (Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing) is one of the most competitive and influential conferences. The event is held biennially and traditionally includes:

  • pre-conference tutorials: 31 August to 1 September 2019
  • main conference with Student Research Workshop: 2 to 4 September 2019
  • post-conference specialized workshops: 5 to 6 September 2019

RANLP-2019 invites workshop proposals on any topic of interest to the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community, ranging from fundamental research issues to more applied industrial or commercial aspects.

The submission deadline for workshops is 30 June 2019.

Read the full call for workshops