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CLARIN Newsflash September 2020

Francesca Frontini to Join CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that, as of 1 January 2021, Francesca Frontini will join the CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors. She will take over from Darja Fišer who was responsible for the User Involvement activities in the past four years. 

As a board member Francesca will be focusing in particular on the further developing and steering of the Ambassadors programme as well as the CLARIN Café initiative. Furthermore she will be active in the H2020 SSHOC project and involved in activities related to metadata and vocabularies harmonisation.

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CLARIN 2020 Countdown

CLARIN2020 is rapidly approaching, and will take place virtually on 5-7 October 2020.

The registration numbers have already broken the record of previous face-to-face editions (265 and still counting). Please register here, if you have not ensured your spot yet. We kindly ask you to register by 25 September, if possible, as it will enable a smooth capacity planning  and timely sharing of all practical details.

Further details can be found in the special edition of the Newsflash and on the conference webpage

CLARIN-funded Project: ParlaMint

CLARIN is funding the project ParlaMint: Towards Comparable Parliamentary Corpora. The project will run from July 2020 till May 2021 and aims to provide multilingual standardised and linguistically processed resources for focused observations on trends, opinions, decisions with respect to lockdowns and restrictive measures in times of emergencies. For this goal two types of parliamentary corpora are envisaged:

  1. a contemporary corpus focused on COVID-19 issues (Nov. 2019 - July 2020) and
  2. a reference corpus for comparison (2015 - Oct. 2020).

The data will be made available through concordances and monitoring tools. 

A special call for interest in participation in the second project phase will be published in October 2020. 

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Tour de CLARIN

In the Tour de CLARIN blog post; Tour de CLARIN: Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics: Behind the scenes Dana Gablasova and Vaclav Brezina, share their experience as organizers of the Lancaster Summer Schools. 

The blogpost Tour de CLARIN: the LUND University Humanities Lab Knowledge Centre introduces the Lund University Humanities Lab, a department for research infrastructure, interdisciplinary research and training, that is certified (since 2017) as CLARIN Knowledge Centre with a special focus on multimodal and sensor-based methods.

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CLARIN Resource Families: Literary 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 the literary corpora. These corpora comprise poetry and fictional prose texts, such as novels, short stories and plays. They bring together the collected works of a single author or representative titles from a specific literary period. Since the literary corpora are often available through powerful concordancers, they are especially well suited for a quantitative and qualitative approach to comparative literary analysis, within or across different genres and historical periods. Currently the CLARIN infrastructure gives access to 43 literary corpora.

See the overview

K-BLP Officially Recognized as CLARIN Knowledge Centre

CLARIN ERIC is proud to announce that CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Belarusian text and speech processing (K-BLP) is officially recognized as a CLARIN K-Centre.

K-BLP is based at the Speech Synthesis and Recognition Laboratory, the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk. The K-centre provides users knowledge for text, speech and other data processing for languages, especially for the Belarusian language. The main target audience of K-BLP are researchers and enthusiasts in humanities and digital humanities with an interest in different aspects of linguistics and computational processing of language.

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New Tool Launched: DARIAH ELDAH Consent Form Wizard (CFW)

The DARIAH working group ELDAH (“Ethics and Legality in Digital Arts and Humanities”) is pleased to announce that a new tool to manage data protection in humanities research has been developed and launched: the DARIAH ELDAH Consent Form Wizard (CFW)

This tool enables researchers to correctly approach the management of personal data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). After responding to a series of questions, researchers receive a standardized consent form template for collecting consent from data subjects in DH projects (e.g. from visitors of scientific events, survey participants, mailing list subscribers, ...). The provided consent forms are valid throughout the European Union and therefore serve the entire DH community. 

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REPROLANG 2020: Papers Available

The papers of the REPROLANG 2020 cooperative shared task are now available.

REPROLANG 2020 was a shared task on the Reproduction of Research Results in Science and Technology of Language. It was organized by ELRA - European Language Resources Association with technical support from CLARIN, as part of the LREC 2020 conference.

View the REPROLANG papers


NEW Video Recordings of the Workshop Twin Talks 3: Understanding and Facilitating Collaboration 

Watch the Twin Talks 3 video recordings in which Humanities Scholars & Digital Experts present their achievements and share their collaboration experiences.

Watch on YouTube

DATeCH2019: Video Recordings Available 

The video recordings of the DATeCH2019 International Conference are available on YouTube.

The DATeCH (Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage) international 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.

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Videos of the Forum Building New Global DH Communities: Africa and Beyond 
Now Available

The videos of the Forum Building new global DH communities: Africa and beyond are now available, the links to the videos can be found in the programme on the page.

The Africa Forum was held on 24 July 2020 during DH2020. The event was supported by CLARIN ERIC and was built up from three main elements:

  • Pre-conference engagement with the DH community through existing GO::DH and other relevant networks such as the Network for Digital Humanities in Africa.
  • The Forum session at DH2020 on 24 July (programme page)
  • Dissemination of Forum results as part of an enhanced publication similar to what was generated by the participants of the 2019 DH Africa workshop

Visit the website of the Network for Digital Humanities in Africa


SSHOC Online Information Session: Introduction to Cessda Vocabulary Service 
30 September 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00

As part of the SSHOC activities, CLARIN is organizing a series of online events to raise awareness about open-source vocabulary hosting and management platforms.

In this third session, you will learn about the CESSDA Vocabulary Service that enables users to discover, browse and download controlled vocabularies in a variety of languages.

After a general introduction, two concrete cases will be presented:

  1. How CESSDA Vocab Service is used by archives for translation
  2. How CESSDA Vocab Service content is used by the Swedish National Data Service in its metadata editor

The service is provided by the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). The majority of the source (English) vocabularies included in the service have been created by the DDI Alliance. The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an international standard for describing data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioural, economic, and health sciences.

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SSHOC Webinar: Sharing Datasets of Pathological Speech
14 October 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Corpora and datasets of pathological speech are hard to get simply because they are hard to share. In this webinar SSHOC will present and explore several alternatives for sharing such sensitive data. The webinar is interesting for all who struggle with sharing and obtaining similar types of data.

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Wikimedian in Residence
British Library, United Kingdom

Are you passionate about helping people and organisations build and preserve open knowledge to share and use freely? Have you got experience organising online events, workshops and training sessions? Then you may be interested in applying to be our new Wikimedian in Residence.

The application deadline is 8 October 2020.

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Computational Linguist
University of Tuebingen, Germany

The Division of General and Computational Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany is searching for a Computational Linguist whose research experience complements existing strengths in the department. While computational linguists working in any subarea of the field are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to candidates who specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data-driven approaches to computational linguistics (esp.Machine learning);
  • computational semantics; 
  • computational lexicography

The application deadline is 15 October 2020.

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Two Open Positions at CLST 
Radboud University, The Netherlands

The Centre of Language and Speech Technology (CLST) at the Radboud University has two job openings:

The application deadline for both positions is 22 October 2020.