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Call for Abstracts: CLARIN Annual Conference 2018

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CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.

Submission deadline (extended): April 30, 2018


The 7th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy.


17 January 2018

28 February 2018

First call published and submission system open

Second call for abstracts published

30 April 2018

Submission deadline

2 July 2018

Notification of acceptance

10 September 2018    

Final version of extended abstracts due

8–10 October 2018

CLARIN Annual Conference


The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.


We are proud to have the following keynote speakers at CLARIN 2018:


Special topic: multimedia, multimodality, speech

We especially invite papers for a thematic session in the areas of multimedia, multimodality and speech. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the collection, annotation, processing and study of audio, visual or multimedia data with language as an important part of the content, for instance the following:

• Multimedia (including image/video processing and multimedia/interactive/algorithmic literature)

• Spoken data (including dialogue and media studies)

• Multimodal data (including Oral History, sign languages and e-learning)

Other topics

Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research
  • Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
  • Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience and impact studies
  • Showcases, demonstrations and research projects in Humanities and Social Sciences that are relevant to CLARIN

Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure
  • Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing
  • Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms
  • Access, including authentication and authorisation
  • Search, including Federated Content Search
  • Web applications, web services, workflows
  • Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services
  • Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, financing and cooperation
  • Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure

CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.

  • User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)
  • CLARIN portals and outreach to users
  • Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures
  • Researcher training activities
  • Knowledge infrastructure centres

CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures and projects, e.g.

  • Relations with other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.
  • Relations with meta-infrastructure projects such as EUDAT, RDA and Digital Humanities
  • Relations with national and regional initiatives


The programme of both the general sessions and the thematic session may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected will be not be dependent on the quality of the paper but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper.


Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4 including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template. Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.  
Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the proposal. Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.

Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of both individual criteria and global criteria. The latter include thematic, linguistic and geographical spread. Individual acceptance criteria are the following:

  • Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.). In addition, submissions to the special thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the special topic.
  • Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to best practice, and preferably evaluated.
  • Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant differences.
  • Substance: concrete work and experiences will be preferred over ideas and plans.
  • Impact: contributions with a higher impact on the research community and society at large will be preferred over papers with lower impact.
  • Clarity: the extended abstract must be informative, clear and understandable for the CLARIN audience.
  • Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.


For each accepted presentation one author will be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.


Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume at Linköping University Electronic Press within about 8 months after the conference.


The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:

  • Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, The Netherlands/Flanders
  • Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Jens Edlund, KTH, Sweden
  • Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Francesca Frontini, University of Montpellier, France 
  • Eva Hajičová, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France
  • Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy
  • Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia (Chair)
  • Marko Tadič, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Tamás Váradi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


  • Ilze Auziņa, LV
  • Bob Boelhouwer, NL 
  • Daan Broeder, NL
  • Silvia Calamai, IT
  • Roberts Darģis, LV
  • Daniël de Kok, DE
  • Riccardo Del Gratta, IT
  • Christoph Draxler, DE
  • Dimitrios Galanis, GR
  • Maria Gavrilidou, GR
  • Luís Gomes, PT
  • Normunds Grūzītis, LV
  • Jan Hajič, CZ
  • Marie Hinrichs, DE
  • Pavel Ircing, CZ
  • Mateja Jemec Tomazin, SI
  • Neeme Kahusk, EE
  • Fahad Khan, IT
  • Alexander König, IT
  • Jakub Mlynar, CZ
  • Jiří Mírovský, CZ
  • Marcin Oleksy, PL
  • Petya Osenova, BG
  • Haris Papageorgiou, GR
  • Hannes Pirker, AT
  • Marcin Pol, PL
  • Valeria Quochi, IT
  • João Rodrigues, PT
  • Ewa Rudnicka, PL
  • Irene Russo, IT
  • João Silva, PT
  • Egon W. Stemle, IT
  • Pavel Stranak, CZ
  • Thorsten Trippel, DE
  • Vincent Vandeghinste, BE
  • Jernej Vičič, SI
  • Jan Wieczorek, PL
  • Tanja Wissik, AT
  • Daniel Zeman, CZ
  • Claus Zinn, DE
  • Jerneja Žganec Gros, SI