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Knowledge Centres

CLARIN K(nowledge)-Centres

One central step in building the Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure is the establishment of Knowledge Centres. See below a table with the existing Knowledge Centres.

Any institute can apply for being recognized as a K-Centre -- existing technical CLARIN (B- and C-) Centres, but also institutes which are not (yet) part of CLARIN. It is not even necessary that the country of the institute be a member of CLARIN ERIC (already), and even not in Europe. K-Centres can also be distributed, that is, consist of a collaboration between more than one physical institute.

It is also possible for an institute to join an existing distributed knowledge centre if it has expertise in the same area. No formal aplication is needed in such a case; an endorsement of all partners in the distributed centre and an update of the services offered by the distributed centre as a whole is sufficient.

Probably, most existing CLARIN centres are able to get the status of a Knowledge Centre right away; the K-Centres rather formalize and centrally register the existing expertise but does usually not require much additional effort from an institute except that the knowledge-sharing services have to be reliable and their skope has to be made explicit on a dedicated web-page of the respective institute(s).

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more general information about the Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure and for the application procedure.

There are the following CLARIN Knowledge Centres:

Centre Institution(s) Area of competence Link to

CKLD: CLARIN Knowledge-Centre for linguistic diversity and language documentation 

1) HZSK: Hamburg Centre for Language Corpora (University Hamburg)

2) INEL: Grammatical Descriptions, Corpora and Language Technology for Indigenous Northern Eurasian Languages (Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg)

3) ELAR: Endangered Languages Archive (SOAS University of London)

4) SWLI: SOAS World Languages Institute (SOAS University of London)

5) DCH: Data Centre for the Humanities (University of Cologne)

6) IfL: Department of Linguistics (University of Cologne)

Supports researchers from the early planning phase to the realization of language documentation and other fieldwork based research projects as well as typological research.

Provides information and assistance relating to fieldwork and data-related methodological aspects and in particular relating to equipment, digital tools, methods, where to find data and information, whom to contact for specialist information on particular regions or language families. 

certificate (PID)

PolLinguaTec - CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Polish Language Technology

CLARIN-PL Language Technology Centre, a part of Department of Computational Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science and Management, Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Provides wide knowledge on the methods of natural language analysis with a special emphasis put on the analysis of Polish language.

Offers support for all types of applications of Language Technology for Polish, both mono and multilingual ones. 

certificate (PID)

Spanish CLARIN K-Centre

(1) CLARIN Competence Centre IULA-UPF(Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
(2) UNED – LINHD: Laboratorio de innovación en Humanidades Digitales (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid)
(3) UPV/EHU – IXA Group (University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastián)
(4) UVIGO – TALG Group (Universidade de Vigo, Vigo)

Spanish texts (all), Basque texts (IXA) Catalan texts (IULA-UPF) and Galician (TALG)

certificate (PID)

CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Treebanking

(1) University of Bergen (UiB)
(2) LINDAT @ Charles University in Prague (CUNI)

Treebanks: construction, integration, search, processing, formats

certificate (PID)

Phonogrammarchiv CLARIN K-Centre

Phonogrammarchiv – Institute for audio-visual Research and Documentation (Austrian Academy of Science)

Audio-visual fieldwork and long-time preservation of audio-visual data

certificate (PID)

CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Speech Analysis (CLARIN-SPEECH)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Dept. of Speech Music and Hearing

Technical advice on speech analysis

certificate (PID)

CLARIN K-Centre DANSK - DANish helpdeSK

(1) Center for Language Technology (CST) @ Department of Nordic Research (University of Copenhagen)
(2) Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (DNSL) (University of Copenhagen)
(3) Danish Language Council (DSN)

Danish and language technology for Danish

certificate (PID)

The CLARIN Knowledge Centre for Language Learning Analysis (CLARIN-Learn) (TalkBank)

TalkBank Project @ Carnegie Mellon University (USA)

Technical advice on tools and methods for the study of first and second language learning, and recovery from aphasia and other language disabilities

certificate (PID)

CLARIN Knowledge Centre for The Languages of Sweden 

The Language Council of Sweden (Stockholm), in cooperation with the other sections of the Institute of Language and folklore in Uppsala and Göteborg. Information service offering advice on the use of digital language resources and tools for the Swedish language, minority languages in Sweden, the Swedish sign language, Swedish dialects, as well as other parts of the intangible cultural heritage of Sweden in text and speech, as well as language policy and planning certificate (PID)
The CLARIN Knowledge Centre of Lund University Humanities Lab Lund University Humanities Lab at Lund University  Advice on multimodal and sensor-based methods, including EEG, eye-tracking, articulography, virtual reality, motion capture, av-recording

certificate (PID)

Please see the following links for more information and documents: