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Adding KonText to CLARIN.SI by Jozef Misutka / 23 January 2018

On the 26th and 27th October 2017 I visited the CLARIN.SI team at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia via a CLARIN mobility grant. While some minor issues with the CLARIN.SI installation of clarin-dspace repository were discussed, the main purpose of the visit was to add the Czech concordancer KonText to the CLARIN.SI services.

     
 

Mini-workshop on Korp, Strix and BlackLab in Gothenburg by Jan Niestadt / 12 December 2017

During my visit to Språkbanken in Gothenburg we discussed many different topics: the goals and future of the FCS and treebanks, user research, interface design, scalability and optimization, to name a few. However, I think the wide array of topics we discussed was actually the visit’s greatest strength. It means I had the opportunity to meet many enthusiastic, knowledgeable people, and our various discussions have not only sparked our creativity, but hopefully also paved the way for future cooperation.

     
 

NLP Meets K-Pop at the Meertens Instituut by Yin Yin Lu / 16 November 2017

The Meertens Instituut, which is dedicated to the study of contemporary Dutch language and culture, was on one level a strange place to develop natural language processing (NLP) tools for a corpus of 1.6 million comments on Korean pop (K-pop) YouTube videos. However, as K-pop has become a global cultural phenomenon and as the Meertens now has a dedicated team of digital humanities researchers, on another level it was a most ideal environment for my mobility grant visit. The purpose of the visit was to prepare materials for the full-day methods workshop on analysing large volumes of online text using NLP libraries in Python, jointly sponsored by CLARIN ERIC and the Université libre de Bruxelles.

     
 

'Reflections on the CLARIN-PLUS workshop "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources' by Adrien Barbaresi / 30 August 2017

The H2020-project CLARIN-PLUS is related to the European research infrastructure CLARIN-ERIC. One of its goals is to promote networking and scientific events among various communities of researchers. In this context, the workshop dedicated to "Creation and Use of Social Media Resources", held on the 18 and 19 May 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania, was a good occasion to gather specialists from various countries working on comparable language data, from microblogs and short messages to online communication platforms.

     
 

'Empirical data in linguistics' by Ana Slavec and Jakob Lenardič / 17 July 2017

From 21 to 23 June 2017, the national project JANES in cooperation with the Slovene consortium CLARIN.SI organized the fifth ReLDI seminar “Empirical data in linguistics”. The seminar, which took place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana, was attended by 50 participants from 5 former Yugoslavian republics.

     
 

'CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on User Involvement by FIN-CLARIN' by Tero Aalto (FIN-CLARIN) / 20 June 2017

The fourth type I CLARIN-PLUS workshop for new countries and consortia was organized by FIN-CLARIN in Helsinki 8-9 June. The topic of the workshop was user involvement, and it was aimed at the people responsible for user involvement activities in the national consortia. A total of 23 participants from all over Europe came together to discuss new ideas and best practices to engage existing users of CLARIN services, and to discover and to attract new ones.​

     
 

'Impressions of CLARIN-LT on the CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on Social Media Resources' by CLARIN-LT / 20 June 2017

In May 2017, CLARIN-LT hosted the CLARIN-PLUS Workshop “Creation and Use of Social Media Resources “in Kaunas, Lithuania, the fourth and final workshop in a series of user involvement workshops within the CLARIN-PLUS project. The aim of the workshop was to gather researchers interested in social media data from computational linguistics, social sciences, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, language variation and other research domains, so that they could share their ideas on a number of themes and topics.​

     
 

'Reflections on CLARIN workshop on Oral History in Arezzo' by Bianca Pastori / 23 May 2017

The recent CLARIN workshop took place in Arezzo on 10-12 May 2017 at the Department of Education, Human Sciences and Intercultural Communication – Siena University, Campus ‘Il Pionta’. The topic of the workshop was Oral History Transcription Chain.

As a member of the Italian Oral History Association (AISO) I was invited by CLARIN to discuss technologies that could help scholars and researchers managing oral sources, which I found attractive and compelling opportunity.

     
 

'Reflections on CLARIN-PLUS workshop in Sofia' by Martijn Kleppe / 10 April 2017

At the end of March 2017 some 35 researchers gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss scholarly work based on parliamentary data in digital format (see image, taken on 28 March 2017). Central questions included: What are the opportunities and challenges for researchers working with parliamentary records within different disciplines? How might digital parliamentary collections be improved in terms of accessibility / usability / searchability / other? And how could parliamentary collections from different parliaments be linked?