Meet the CLARIN Ambassadors

Submitted by Karolina Badzm… on 24 April 2019

We are happy to announce the launch of the  CLARIN Ambassadors Programme. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness about and encourage participation in CLARIN ERIC in disciplines and communities that are not yet fully integrated in CLARIN.

Ambassadors are appointed with a 2-year mandate to actively promote CLARIN by:

  • Seeking opportunities to promote CLARIN within relevant projects, scholarly networks, institutions, research infrastructures, etc.
  • Attending key events in their field to actively promote CLARIN with keynote talks, panel discussions, masterclasses, etc.
  • Generating visibility for their activities through CLARIN's newsletter, website and other promotional formats, such as interviews, blog posts, brochures.

The CLARIN Ambassadors programme started in April 2019 with a first round of Ambassador appointments. In consultation with the national coordinators and representatives of the User Involvement Committee three experts have been selected to take up the role of CLARIN Ambassador: Francesca Frontini, Maciej Maryl, and Toine Pieters. They cover diverse areas such as literary studies, corpus linguistics and lexicography, and cultural history.


CLARIN Ambassador - Francesca Frontini  


Dr Francesca Frontini obtained her PhD from the University of Pavia with a thesis on corpus linguistics. She then joined the Institute for Computational Linguistics in Pisa as a post-doctoral researcher and worked on several European projects with a focus on Computational Lexicography and Natural Language Processing. She is currently maître de conferences (Associate Professor) of Linguistique Informatique at the Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier and a member of the Praxiling laboratory. Her research interests lie at the crossroads of Natural Language Processing and Digital Humanities. She is particularly interested in Named Entity annotation for digital editions as well as in digital methods for the analysis of literary texts and literary criticism. Together with Carmen Brando she developed REDEN, a tool for Named Entity linking. She is a member of the steering committee of the ADHO Special Interest Group for Digital Literary Stylistics as well as of the Nénufar project which aims to digitise and publish a diachronic corpus of historical editions of the French Dictionary Petit Larousse Illustré.




Dr Maciej Maryl is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN); founding Director of the Digital Humanities Centre at IBL PAN. He is a member of Teksty Drugie and OpenMethods Editorial Boards and represents IBL PAN at DARIAH-PL Steering Board and OPERAS Core Group. He co-chairs DARIAH Digital Methods and Practices Observatory and is a member of ALLEA E-humanities Working Group. In 2013 he defended Ph.D. thesis dedicated to the literary life online. His research interests cover literary communication, multimedia writing, digital editorship, digital humanities and relationships between technology and culture. He currently chairs a COST action New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent (NEP4DISSENT) and leads IBL PAN research team in the H2020 project Shaping interdisciplinary practices in Europe (SHAPE-ID). In cooperation with CLARIN-PL he contributes to the development of Literary Exploration Machine (LEM), a web-based, language-processing tool for SSH scholars working with texts in Polish.



Prof. Toine Pieters is Head of the Freudenthal Institute and Senior Fellow of the Descartes Institute of the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University. He has been project leader and research coordinator of multiple projects in the digital humanities field (WAHSP [CLARIN], BILAND [CLARIN], Translantis [NWO], Asymenc [HERA], Dream [NWO] and Time Capsule [NWO]). The latter project aimed at connecting and integrating disparate data sources through linked data approaches to re-contextualise lost historical and cultural contexts. He is currently project leader of Utrecht Time Machine and represents Utrecht University in the European Time Machine consortium. This project aims at using space and time as shared references across domains, disciplines and cultures within the dynamic context of urban geographies. 


If you have any questions regarding the CLARIN Ambassadors programme, please email us at ambassadors /at/