Research infrastructures based on distributed data have three main components:
- The Technical Infrastructure: The technical facilities that provide users access to data and tools, and the people that operate those facilities
- The Knowledge Infrastructure (KI): A set of measures and facilities aimed at securing a continuous transfer of knowledge between all players involved in the construction, operation and use of the infrastructure. Each of them needs knowledge and expertise to do their jobs, and they continue to generate new knowledge and expertise
- A set of commonly agreed organisational rules, measures and conventions that should ensure seamless interaction between infrastructure users, operators and components, including standards, access, licences, and quality assurance.
All players in CLARIN, whatever their role, need knowledge and expertise to do their jobs. Infrastructures such as CLARIN, as well as its users, are distributed all over Europe (and even beyond), in dozens or maybe even hundreds of locations. 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.