Several steps and aspects need to be taken into account when you plan to coordinate the accession of a country to CLARIN ERIC and the adherence to the rules of participation – how to organize a national consortium, how to set up one or several technical centres, with repositories and offering tools and services, how to reach out to users, etc.
On this page we offer information on some of these aspects for leaders in countries that are considering joining CLARIN ERIC or that have joined CLARIN ERIC recently.
For new countries the following documents may be particularly relevant:
Over the past years a series of workshops for new countries and consortia have been organized. The latest workshop was held in January 2020. The programme of the workshop with links to the presentations can be found here below:
- CLARIN for newcomers (January 2020)
Mobility grants are available for visits between representatives (researchers, developers, educators) of consortia that would like to prepare for integrating their data and services in CLARIN.
The mobility grants are designed to promote:
- technical capacity building and sharing of expertise between CLARIN centres and countries;
- assisting integration of resources, tools, services and centres in European countries not currently in the CLARIN ERIC;
- initiating, developing and strengthening collaboration between CLARIN developers, researchers and educators in the humanities and social sciences.
Membership in CLARIN
For applying for membership in CLARIN, the relevant institution (e.g., ministry or national funding agency) of a country may create a letter based on this template for applying as member. For countries from other continents who want to become members special agreements may be made. In order to apply for the status of an observer or to prolong that status (possible in exceptional cases only) the template for applying as observer or the template for prolongation of observership can be used. (Please send any application also via email to email@example.com.)
The membership fee is regulated in the CLARIN ERIC Statutes and indicated for the years up to 2022 in Annex 2 of the statutes. An annual 2% raise is applicable for countries which join or renew for several years. See also the overview of fees per country. By the end of 2022 the General Assembly shall decide about the calculation method for subsequent periods.
In addition to the membership fee, a budget is needed for a workplan to be carried out by the national consortium (for members this is typically 7-10 times as high as the membership fee), as well as a budget that would enable the national representatives to attend meetings. (For the travel costs related to the attendance of NCF meetings central funding is available.)
Third Party agreement
In cases where CLARIN ERIC deems it beneficial, it may enter into agreement with third parties, such as individual institutions or regions in countries that are not member of CLARIN, cf. the statutes Article 18. Third parties can contribute to CLARIN ERIC by providing expertise, services, language resources and/or technology. Institutions or other legal entities in countries that do not belong to CLARIN ERIC and who would like to explore the options for entering tailor-made collaboration agreements with CLARIN are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.