CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on "Facilitating the Creation of National Consortia: User Involvement"



General information

Date: 8-9 June 2017

Time: 14:00 - 16:00 (CEST)

Location: Unioninkatu 40, 3rd floor, room 7 (B314), Helsinki, Finland. Map of the important locations


The purpose of the CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on User Involvement is to share ideas and good practices for reaching out to new users of CLARIN services. The workshop is intended for sharing information, know-how and expertise especially with the more recently joined CLARIN member countries.
The workshop is open to invited representatives only. Intended participants: 
  • CLARIN consortia representatives responsible for User Involvement activities from new or potential national consortia.

Registration and reimbursement: 

  • Important: Before registering, participants from outside Finland *must* get in touch with their national CLARIN coordinators. For each of the consortia, it will probably be possible to cover travel costs for one participant only (max 300 € per person).
  • All the participants of the event need to register* their details for the workshop using this form by *Thursday, May 11*.


The preliminary programme is divided into sessions that will be organized around specific topic areas (see the suggested topics below). Each session will begin with short presentations and end in a general discussion of the topic area. A summary of the discussions will be published after the workshop. Presentations should be kept short and concise, since we hope to reserve ample time for discussion. The duration of your presentation should not exceed *10 minutes*. (In case you clearly need more time, please contact the organizers in advance.)
Suggested topics:
  • Session 1: Usage reports and user experiences: Which of the current CLARIN services are popular, which are not, and why? Profiling the existing and potential user groups: interviews, questionnaires, etc.
  • Session 2: Using social media for CLARIN user involvement
  • Session 3: Online courses, visiting lectures, roadshows, webinars and video tutorials, on-site tutorials etc.
  • Session 4: Personal support and consultation services (using tools, data management, corpus analysis, etc.), and how to reduce the need for personal support
  • Other good practices and ideas for user involvement
Thursday June 8 
14.30 - 15.00 Registration, light refreshments  
15.00 - 15.30
Welcome and introduction - Bente Maegaard
Overview of CLARIN User Involvement activities - Darja Fišer
15.30 - 17.00
Session 1:
17.00 - 17.15
Summary and discussion 
End of day
19.00 - 21.00           Dinner at Restaurant Olo
Friday June 9 
09.00 - 10.30
Session 2:
10.40 - 11.00 Light refreshments
11.00 - 12.30
Session 3:
  • Online courses, visiting lectures, roadshows, webinars and video tutorials, on-site tutorials etc. - Darja Fišer
  • Roadshow in Sweden - Johanna Berg
  • Hackathons - Eetu Mäkelä 
  • Workshop experiences - Tomasz Walkowiak
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (Hotel Arthur)
13.30 - 14.30
Session 4:
14.30 - 15.10
Final discussion
  • How to share and synchronize materials and know-how between consortia?
  • CLARIN-DARIAH Summer School   
  • Closing (Summary of Workshop)   
15.10 - 15.30 Light refreshments


Preparation materials

We suggest you take a look at the following materials in advance:


Request for Frequently Asked Questions

Do you often receive inquiries and questions from users of CLARIN services? 
Can you think of questions that might have a general answer within the CLARIN community? Please post more questions and vote for the existing ones here before the workshop. We can try to edit some answers together. (The results can be viewed here.)