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Knowledge Centres

CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure

CLARIN Knowledge Centres (K-centres) are a cornerstone of the CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure (KI), one of the main components ensuring a continuous transfer of knowledge between all players involved in the construction, operation and use of the infrastructure. The mission of the CLARIN KI is to ensure that the available knowledge and expertise does not exist as a fragmented collection of unconnected bits and pieces, but is made accessible in an organised way to both the CLARIN community and the social sciences and humanities research community more widely. 

The Role of K-Centres

The focus of CLARIN is on language resources (in all modalities, from all regions and with any topical orientation) and K-centres serve researchers and educators from any discipline where language plays one of its many roles, ranging from object of study, a means of communication or expression, a means to store and extract information, object of learning or teaching activities, to training source for data-driven analytics, and many others. K-centres share their knowledge and expertise on one or more aspects of the domain covered by the CLARIN infrastructure and can be mostly found in CLARIN countries, but also beyond.

Areas of K-Centre Expertise

K-centres all have their own specific areas of expertise, including:

Services Offered by K-Centres

All K-centres have a helpdesk that will respond to requests within two working days. Some offer online courses, some offer best-practice documents, some offer guidance in getting access to and using data and tools, some are willing to host receivers of CLARIN mobility grants, and there are many more models in which the expertise is offered and shared.

Finding K-Centres

The different categories listed under 'Areas of K-centre expertise' (one of the sections on this page) all link directly to the list of K-centres offering the expertise in that category with a short descriptions. More detailed information can be found on the home pages of the K-centres. To find K-centres that offer the expertise you need please check the following pages:

How to Establish a K-Centre

This document contains the application form and guidelines for obtaining the status of CLARIN K(nowlegde) Centre. The completed application form should be submitted by the head of the institution(s) and sent to k-centre-application [at] (k-centre-application[at]clarin[dot]eu). The application will be reviewed by the CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure Committee (KIC). The Committee will send feed-back or requests for clarification to the applicant, and make its recommendation to the CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors.