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CLARIN aims at supporting COVID-19 related research in the social and political sciences domain. One of the CLARIN actions that are currently being prepared is extending the collection of parliamentary data sets with curated collections of recent parliamentary debates about the corona dynamics. The enhanced data can be the basis for comparative research into the ways in which public bodies have responded to the crisis across countries. Additionally, CLARIN will focus on supporting the development of tools for detecting mis- and disinformation to be applied to news sources and social media platforms. The uniqueness of these resources is that they are available in all European languages, allowing a multilingual approach to COVID-19 related research. On 18 March 2020 the Board of Directors shared some thoughts on how the outbreak of the pandemic affected the operations of the CLARIN infrastructure. Below you can find information on CLARIN’s new funding call for virtual events, as well as a number of pointers to (i) initiatives for data collection and infrastructural support, and (ii)  language resources and natural language processing tools that can be of relevance for the study of COVID-19-related phenomena. (The overviews will be updated regularly).


CLARIN funding for virtual events

Since the COVID-19 dynamics are preventing the CLARIN community from conducting face-to-face activities, we warmly invite funding proposals for the preparation ofvirtual events and other creative formats that could contribute to the continued outreach to communities of use.  The normal application guidelines are temporarily suspended. Instead, we ask applicants to convincingly summarize their plans in a format of their choice. If you have any questions about how to prepare your proposal, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Initiatives for data collection and infrastructural support

Call for Abstracts: COVID-19 Special Issue in IJCL

The International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (IJCL) welcomes abstracts for a Special Issue on the theme of COVID-19. Articles which present clear innovation in, and implications for, corpus linguistics theory and methods are particularly welcome. Studies can be based on data from any language, but articles should be written in English. IJCL welcomes proposals for full research articles (approximately 8,000 words in length) or short articles which introduce a tool or resource for corpus linguistic studies of COVID-19 (approximately 3-4,000 words). Deadline 10 August 2020. Read more 

Cloud support to COVID-19 research: UFAL COVIDcloud

The CLARIN centre LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ created  the UFAL COVIDcloud, a Linux based cluster providing approximately 1000 CPU cores to support researchers working on a solution of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

RDA COVID-19 social science working group

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) recently set up a new subgroup of the RDA COVID-19 working group, specifically focused on social science. The aim of the subgroup is to define detailed practical guidelines on data sharing under the present COVID-19 circumstances to help stakeholders follow best practices in order to maximize the efficiency and impact of their work. Read more

European Research Infrastructures Consortia and COVID-19 research

ERIC Forum created an overview of the ERICs that have set up or are currently planning initiatives in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Read more

Research Infrastructures against COVID-19 pandemic

ESFRI is aggregating information about dedicated services offered by Research Infrastructures and communicating all relevant actions as broadly as possible. Read more

Investigation into the societal impact of COVID-19: Survey on Living and Working in Times of Corona

WageIndicator, partnering with CLARIN ERIC in the context of the SSHOC project, is surveying and interviewing people around the globe (over 120 countries are involved) to discover what is the COVID-19 effect on our jobs, lives and mood. Read more

Language resources and NLP tools for the study of COVID-19-related phenomena

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 51,000 scholarly articles, including over 40,000 with full text about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community. Read more

English Corpora releases the Coronavirus Corpus

The Coronavirus Corpus is designed to be a comprehensive record of the social, cultural, and economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020 and beyond, and it is part of the suite of corpora, which offer insight into genre-based, historical, and dialectal variation in English. Early May 2020 the corpus was  about 270 million words in size, and it continues to grow by 3-4 million words each day. Read more

Sketch Engine

On the Sketch Engine website a set of NLP tools is available to work with the open COVID-19 corpus also referred to as CORD-19. Read more

Social Media for Public Health

Social Media for Public Health collects links to resources for academics and other investigators, including datasets pertinent to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Plans for the collection and coordination of relevant language resources and tools across Europe

The European Language Resource Coordination (ELRC) initiative will collect multilingual resources that are of relevance to potential COVID-19 pandemic research activities from the perspective of SSH. The resources will be made available to all under the most permissive license for non-commercial research. Read more