A virtual collection is a coherent set of links to digital objects (e.g. annotated text, video) that can be easily created, accessed and cited. The links can originate from different archives, hence the term virtual. A virtual collection is suitable for manual access (using a web-browser) as well as automated processing (e.g. by a web service).
CLARIN provides a registry where scholars can create and publish their virtual collections. It is closely integrated with the infrastructure and provides persistent identifiers and federated login. The collection metadata is openly available and accessible via the Virtual Language Observatory.
- data as mentioned in an article's footnotes gathered in a single virtual collection
- a virtual collection with links to data illustrating a book (video and sound recordings)
More information is available in the Virtual Collections shortguide