CLARIN

European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology

The European Research Infrastructure Consortium CLARIN has established a network of European data repositories, service centres and centres of expertise focusing on easily accessible digital language resources.

The pan-European infrastructure CLARIN-ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology InfrastructureEuropean Research Infrastructure Consortium) aims at providing easy and sustainable access to digital language data and advanced tools to discover, annotate, analyse or combine this data, irrespective of its physical location or its format. The data involved in CLARIN is made up of a wide range of different types of language resources: there are representations of written and spoken language, some are text, others are offered as sound or video files. The target audience of CLARIN-ERIC are scholars in the humanities and social sciences. CLARIN-ERIC has established a networked federation of European data repositories, service centres, and centres of expertise. They are planning to implement simple sign-on access for all members of the academic community in all participating countries. They are working on the interoperability of tools and data across the network, in order to allow researchers to combine distributed and heterogeneous data collections and to perform complex operations on these. This infrastructure is still under construction and will be so for quite some time. However, a number of participating centres have already started to offer services providing data, tools, and expertise. Considerably more centres will be operative in the near future.

The ACDH contributes to a number of CLARIN-related activities. It participates in the activities of the Standing Committee on CLARIN Technical Centres and in the legal issues committee, the committee dealing with access rights, IPR, Service Provider Federation, and ethical issues. An ACDH researcher holds the position of deputy head of CLARIN’s Standards Committee, the committee dealing with standards and strategies with respect to standards inside the CLARIN community.

The ACDH is also functioning as the national coordinator for the Austrian CLARIN activities, striving towards the establishment of a common organizational and technical framework for language resources in Austria. As one of the foremost facilitators and promoters of digital humanities in the country, the ACDH motivates, invites and engages with researchers and scientific institutions to share infrastructures and, hence, use CLARIN for their projects.

On the European level the ACDH cooperates tightly with the central structures of CLARIN. Particular topics of interest are the CLARIN Component Metadata Infrastructure (CMDI) and Federated Content Search (FCS). The FCS Working Group is developing an architecture designed to extend available search facilities beyond the metadata repositories towards the full content of the distributed resources.

After a preparatory phase of several years, CLARIN became operational as an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in April 2012.



Publications

  • Lušicky, Vesna, and Tanja Wissik. 2017. Language resources in repositories and catalogues: Pilot study on the potential for LSP teaching and training. Gisle Andersen, Dhal, Trine, Kristiansen, Marita, Dame, Marja, and Andersen, Øivin. 21st Conference on Language for Specific Purposes 2017. Interdisciplinary knowlege-making: Challanges for LSP Research. 28-30 June. Book of Abstracts. Bergen: NHH.
  • Sugimoto, Go. 2017. Number game -Experience of a European research infrastructure (CLARIN) for the analysis of web traffic. Aix-en-Provence: HAL.
  • Wissik, Tanja, and Claudia Resch. 2017. Researcher Hands-On Training in the Digital Humanities: The ACDH Tool Gallery as an Austrian Case Study. In Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016, Aix-en-Provence, 26–28 October 2016, CLARIN Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, ed. L. Borin, 131-138. Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet.
  • Lušicky, Vesna, and Tanja Wissik. 2017. Discovering Resources in the VLO: A Pilot Study with Students of Translation Studies. In Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016, Aix-en-Provence, 26–28 October 2016, CLARIN Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, ed. L. Borin, 63-75. Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet.
  • Ostojic, Davor, Go Sugimoto, and Matej Ďurčo. 2017. Curation module in action-preliminary findings on VLO metadata quality. Proceedings of the CLARIN Annual Conference 2016. Aix-en-Provence.
  • Lusicky, Vesna, and Tanja Wissik. 2016. Discovering Resources in the VLO: and Suggestions from a Pilot Study with Students of Translation Studies.
  • King, Margaret, Davor Ostojic, Matej Ďurčo, and Go Sugimoto. 2016. Variability of the Facet Values in the VLO–a Case for Metadata Curation. Selected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2015. Wroclaw: Linköping University Electronic Press.
  • Wissik, Tanja, and Matej Ďurčo. 2016. Research Data Workflows: From Research Data Lifecycle Models to Institutional Solutions. In Selected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2015, October 14–16, 2015, Wroclaw, Poland, ed. K. De Smedt, 94-107. Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings Universitet.