ParlaMint Call for New Languages


In the first phase of the ParlaMint project (July 1 2020 – Sept. 30 2020) parliamentary corpora were compiled for four countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland and Slovenia. The corpora were encoded according to the ParlaMint XML schema, a specialisation of the Parla-CLARIN TEI format and linguistically annotated with the Universal Dependencies and named entities. They are available from the CLARIN.SI repository and through associated concordancer.

The sessions in the corpora were also marked up as belonging to the COVID-19 part of the corpus (Oct 2019 – July 2020) or to its reference subset (2015 – Oct 2019).

With this call we invite proposals to add parliamentary corpora for additional countries to the ParlaMint collection. 

Please note that the indicated COVID-19 part timespan (Oct 2019 – July 2020) and reference subset timespan (2015 - Oct 2019) have to be covered, but they can be extended - COVID-19 to the end of 2020 and further, and the reference subset - before 2015, given that resources and time permit.


Call schedule

26 October 2020: Call Issued

16 November 2020: Submission deadline

20 November 2020: Results announced

1 December 2020: Projects start

30 March 2021: Delivery of the Converted Corpora

 


The activities envisaged for this call include:

Extension of the ParlaMint model to 6 new countries.

For each country the following specific activities are expected from applicants

  • Obtaining data for the COVID-19 and reference parts of the corpus
  • Conversion of the data into the ParlaMint format
  • Linguistic processing of the corpus with Universal Dependencies, preferably including a suitable NER module
  • Producing documentation on the provided corpus [similar to: link to description of corpora]

ParlaMint team provides the following:


Size of funding /duration per proposal

  • Funding: 5,000 Euro per project
  • Timing and Duration: December 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (4 months)

Assessment Criteria

  • Qualifications of the team involved.
  • Status of the available and/or accessible parliamentary corpora.
  • Diversity of parliaments and languages.
  • Potential with respect to the project goals.

Procedure

  • The applications will be assessed by the ParlaMint team together with representatives of CLARIN Board of Directors.
  • In case more proposals come in than can be funded, the status quality criterion and the potential with respect to the project goals will play a role.

Eligibility

  • The proposer should be affiliated with an institution that is part of a CLARIN consortium in a CLARIN member or observer country. In case the structure of a national consortium is not in place yet, or not specified unambiguously, applicants should check with the National Coordinator whether he/she can support the application. 
  • Personnel costs, including the relevant indirect and administrative costs, are eligible for funding.

Financial procedure

Each participant is responsible for assembling all cost claims relevant for the project. The sum will be paid in one installment after the corpora have been delivered. Thus, the payment is envisaged for March or April 2021.


Application procedure

An expression of interest is expected that outlines the motivation behind the application, the expertise of the team, the status of parliamentary data. The applicant can do so by filling out this application form.