We are happy to announce that the CLARIN Knowledge Centre for linguistic diversity and language documentation (CKLD) has been officially recognized as a CLARIN K-Centre.
The CKLD is a virtual distributed centre comprising institutions at the Universities of London (ELAR/SWLI), Cologne (DCH/IfDH/IfL) and Hamburg (HZSK/INEL).
The CKLD offers expertise on data and data-related methods, technology and background information on language resources and tools to researchers – including students and native speakers. The center supports researchers from the early planning phase to the realization of language documentation and other fieldwork-based research projects as well as typological research. The center also provides information and assistance relating to fieldwork and data-related methodological aspects and in particular relating to equipment, digital tools, methods, where to find data and information, whom to contact for specialist information on particular regions or language families.
Building and running a distributed knowledge centre for linguistic diversity and language documentation requires a flexible and reliable support and knowledge-sharing infrastructure. The services offered by the CKLD consist of a web presence providing information on the relevant topics, a helpdesk allowing researcher to interact directly with the centre, as well as training courses offered on a regular basis.
Apply to be recognized as a K-Centre
Have you considered to have your centre recognized as a CLARIN K-Centre, either on your own or together with other partners (possibly in other countries)? You can do so with not too much effort, and you can do so even if you are not active in CLARIN yet, and even if you are not in a CLARIN member country. For more information, have a look at the page on knowledge centres, in particular the instructions for applicants. It is also possible for an institution to join an existing distributed K-Centre as one more partner if you have expertise in the same area.