Skip to main content

CLARIN Newsflash September 2016

Darja Fišer New Director of User Involvement 

We are pleased to announce that, as of 1 October 2016, Darja Fišer will take up the post of Director of User Involvement within CLARIN . She will take over from Martin Wynne who was responsible for the User Involvement activities in the past three years.

With a strong background in Digital Humanities and User Involvement Darja Fišer is more than qualified to bring the activities aiming to stimulate the use of the CLARIN infrastructure to the next level.

Read more


The Language Bank of Finland B-Centre Certified

Congratulations to The Language Bank of Finland at the University of Helsinki (UHEL) which is now officially recognized as CLARIN B-Centre.

As all other 19 CLARIN B-centres before it, The Language Bank of Finland has gone through a thorough procedure with an external assessment by the Data Seal of Approval and an internal assessment by CLARIN's assessment committee.

Read more about this B-Centre recognition                          

CLARIN Website

In our August newsflash we introduced the new CLARIN website.  This current version is just a starting point: we still welcome your feedback and invite you to share any issues or suggestions for improvement you may have via this web form.  Your input will be used to further improve the accessibility and usability of the website over the coming months.

The development of the CLARIN website takes place in the context of the CLARIN-PLUS project, which is dedicated to enhancing CLARIN along various dimensions. The aim is to strengthen what is already in place, and to maximize the impact of the infrastructure. The new website contains a page on CLARIN-PLUS with general project information:  the CLARIN-PLUS factsheet,  as well as a page with an overview of the project deliverables: CLARIN-PLUS deliverables. Here you can find links to e.g. the reports on Newly integrated web services and the CLARIN Value Proposition.


CLARIAH Call for Research Pilots

CLARIAH has recently launched a call for Research Pilots. A CLARIAH research pilot is a small project in which the CLARIAH infrastructure or particular components of it are tested by carrying out small research activities.
The CLARIAH-CORE project (a collaboration of the CLARIN and DARIAH consortia in the Netherlands), designs, constructs and exploits the Netherlands parts of the European CLARIN and DARIAH research infrastructures. It has enriched these research infrastructures with a wide variety of CLARIAH components, including generic infrastructure services, data such as databases, textual resources and audio-visual resources, and software applications and services that can be applied to these data for searching, analysis, enrichment, conversion, combining, visualization and other purposes.
The aim of the research pilots is to test aspects of the infrastructure and generate suggestions for improvements, as much as to answer the substantive research questions.
Read the full call for Research Pilots

Approval CLARIN-D Follow-up Grant

The CLARIN-D follow-up grant has been approved for the period of October 2016 to 30 September 2020.
The grant will support eight CLARIN Centres in Germany that are located at the following institutions:

  • Bayerisches Archiv für Sprachsignale at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München;

  • Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin;

  • Institut für Deutsche Sprache in Mannheim;

  • Zentrum für Sprachkorpora at the Universität Hamburg;

  • Institut für Informatik at the Universität Leipzig;

  • Institut für Englische Sprach- und Übersetzungswissenschaft at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken;

  • Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung at the Universität Stuttgart;

  • Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

The grant will also support the activities of eight working groups within different disciplines of the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Read more


From our CLARIN YouTube channel

Louise Corti (UK Data Archive) on Oral History as Research Data during the workshop "Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives". This workshop, held at the e-Research Centre, University of Oxford on 18-19 April 2016, was organized by Martin Wynne as part of the CLARIN-PLUS project.


The Old Bailey Corpus 2.0, 1720-1913

The Old Bailey Corpus (OBC) is a sociolinguistically, pragmatically and textually annotated corpus based on a selection of the Proceedings of the Old Bailey the published version of the trials at London's Central Criminal Court. The 2,163 volumes of the Proceedings contain almost 200,000 trials, totaling ca. 134 million words.

Read more about this showcas


CLARIAH Techday (2016)
7 October 2016, Utrecht, Netherlands

The annual CLARIAH Techday will be held at the” Academiegebouw” of the Utrecht University. The more technical oriented scholars from the CLARIAH community will meet and discuss technical issues related to the infrastructure to be built.
View the Techday programme on the CLARIAH website

Europeana Research Grants 
Call for submissions and Guidelines for Applicants 2016-2017

Europeana is looking for individual research projects that make use of Europeana Collections for research purposes: employing state of the art tools and methods in the Digital Humanities to address a specific research question. Europeana expects to see applications deploying as much of the Europeana data (e.g. the , metadata) as possible.

The deadline for applications is 14 October 2016.

View the complete call


Call for Papers Workshop on Corpora in the Digital Humanities (CDH)
19 January 2017, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

The workshop on CDH is co-located with TLT15 (Indiana, January 2017). Past editions of the International Workshops on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT) have included co-located events exploring the use of linguistic annotations in Digital Humanities. This time, the co-located workshop will also focus on the creation, annotation and use of corpora in Digital Humanities.
The workshop will focus on bringing together an audience from the humanities, Digital Humanities, linguistics, and computational linguistics to learn from each other and explore collaborations.
The workshop is intended to foster collaborations and to cross-fertilize knowledge and approaches across disciplines.
Read more about the CDH Workshop topics, instructions and important dates


Call for Papers IDCC17 
20-23 February 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC17) brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.
The theme of the 2017 conference is “Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation in workflows for data science, scholarship and society”.
View the Call for Papers, the details of the submission process and key dates.


Call for papers DHN2017
14- 16 March 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

DHN calls for abstracts for its 2017 conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference is organized by the Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Gothenburg and will be held at the Conference Centre Wallenberg.

DHN2017 invites scholars to submit abstracts on any aspects of the Digital Humanities, but especially welcomes contributions that address “Nordic Textual Resources and Practices”,” Visual and Multisensory Representations of Past and Present” and “The Digital, the Humanities and the Philosophies of Technology”. 

The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2016.

Please see the full CFP for more information


Fully funded PhD studentship Digital Humanities
Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

To colleagues in Swansea and everywhere else:

A fully funded PhD studentship is on offer, for the best project proposal in the area of text corpora, text analytics, interactive visualization. 

•         Open to UK/EU students only 
•         Start date: no later than end January 2017

Details can be found on the Swansea University website

Deadline extended: 13 PhD positions on digital methods in the humanities
Center for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The Historical Institute / Center for Contemporary and Digital History University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg in the framework of the so-called PRIDE-program, enabling the creation of a Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) and opens up to 13 positions for PhD students (Doctoral candidates) in the field of digital history and hermeneutics (m/f) 

The deadline for applications is extended to 1 October 2016. 

More information about these positions


Language infrastructure technical officer 
ISCM at EURAC, Bolzano, Italy University

The Institute for Specialised Communication and Multilingualism (ISCM) at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano is looking for a full time “Language infrastructure technical officer”.
ISCM is involved in the construction of research infrastructures for its language resources and technology ISCM and is looking for a highly motivated and skilled candidate for this full time position. The main focus is related to CLARIN-IT (the Italian node of the “Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure”) and to the new local infrastructure project DI-ÖSS (“Digitale Infrastruktur für das Ökosystem Südtiroler Sprachdaten und -dienste” / “Digital infrastructure for the South Tyrolean ecosystem of language data and services”).

Regarding CLARIN, the candidate will collaboratively update, extend and maintain the institute’s technical infrastructure in order to achieve the "CLARIN C Centre" and then "CLARIN B Centre" certifications.

Regarding DI-ÖSS, which aims at connecting the main South Tyrolean actors working with language data and services, the candidate will collaboratively plan and develop a state-of-the-art and sustainable infrastructure shared among all local actors involved in the project. Whenever relevant and timely, the candidate will also have the possibility to participate in other related research projects at the institute.

Read the completer offer and additional information regarding the work environment


Follow CLARIN on: Facebook | LinkedIn | RSS | Twitter | YouTube