Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: Monday 2 March (23:59 CET)
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday 30 March


Our call is open to all colleagues working in the humanities, the (social) sciences, and heritage sectors with an interest and enthusiasm in the application and use of digital technologies. Submissions are welcome from researchers at all career stages. We particularly encourage early stage researchers (MA/PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) to submit abstracts. In addition, we welcome humanities scholars, developers, computer and information scientists as well as librarians, archivists and museum curators. The conference has a primary focus on recent advances concerning research activities in the Benelux as well as data- or research projects related to Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. However, proposals from outside the Benelux are strongly encouraged as well.

More information on the DHBenelux2020 website



A new centre is designed to support researchers doing research on language and communication disorders, as well as researchers studying second language learning, bilingual language learning and sign languages. The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is a collaboration between the Centre for Language and Speech Technology from Radboud University and The Language Archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

For many of us it’s unimaginable to try to think of a world without seamless communication. But for 1 in 12 children and for millions of adults, struggling to communicate is still the reality of day-to-day life. Good quality research, using good quality research data, is crucial if we want to work towards improving their situation. We need it to increase our understanding of, for instance, processes in language learning, speech disorders, and mechanisms involved in sign language.

How and where to store

CLARINACE will provide an all-round service for researchers working with data on atypical communication. Experts will provide help and advice on how to create new datasets on atypical communication, and how and where to store these datasets to make sure they are secure. They will maintain a helpdesk and organise workshops to help researchers make the most effective use of their research data. The Language Archive (TLA) offers a safe, secure archive for the datasets that researchers produce. They provide cutting-edge privacy and data protection securities, including strong authentication procedures, layered access to data and persistent identification.

ACE isn’t just for those who want to create their own datasets.  Through The Language Archive, researchers will be able to get access to the resources donated by others.  For example, via The Language Archive, researchers can access the SLI RU-Kentalis database, which contains the results of language tests performed with 63 Dutch-speaking children with developmental language disorder (find access the dataset here).  A whole range of information can be found here; datasets of how language is used by deaf adults, by bilingual deaf children, or by children with ADHD (see the VALID website for more information).​

Data sharing, via archives like The Language Archive, is essential. It means that researchers don’t have to reinvent the wheel (so to speak) for every project; they can re-use the resources provided by others. And it means that every participant who takes part in a study can be sure that a better, more efficient, use is being made of the precious information they provide.

The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is acknowledged by and part of the CLARIN infrastructure.

If you would like further information, please contact:

  • Henk van den Heuvel,
  • Science Communication Radboud University, , +31 (0)24 361 6000
  • Find out more about the ACE Centre at its website here: https://ace.ruhosting.nl/
Date 21 november 2019 sjef
Time 10.00-18.00
Location Vossius room of the University Library, Witte Singel 27, Leiden
Organisation Leiden University Center of Digital Scholarship (LUCDS) & the LU Center for Digital Humanities (LUCDH)
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logo enThe Open Access and freely downloadable "Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018” have been published online at Linköping University Electronic Press .

It contains four contributions from the Netherlands:

Title Authors
Discovering software resources in CLARIN Jan Odijk
Media Suite: Unlocking Archives for Mixed Media Scholarly Research Roeland Ordelman, Liliana Melgar, Carlos Martinez-Ortiz, Julia Noordegraaf and Jaap Blom
Operationalizing “public debates" across digitized heterogeneous mass media datasets in the development and use of the Media Suite Berrie van der Molen, Jasmijn van Gorp and Toine Pieters
LaMachine: A meta-distribution for NLP software Maarten van Gompel and Iris Hendrickx
The complete publication can be downloaded but the individual articles can be downloaded separately as well (see links in the table above).


The wonderful world of animals and plants still has so many undiscovered stories. The ATHENA data portal combines historical, archaeological and ecological data by species to facilitate interdisciplinary research into Dutch biodiversity in the near and distant past.

During the launch, the initiators talk about the realization of the project with the help of many partners, the inexhaustible resources and the limitless possibilities. This promises to be an interesting afternoon for nature lovers and professionals.

This project is financed by CLARIAH: a distributed research infrastructure for researchers in the humanities.

When: Monday 1 July 2019, 13:00 - 17:30 (including drinks)
Where: Aula Academiegebouw (reception and drinks in Room 1636) Domplein 29, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Language: Dutch
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13:00 – 13:30 Reception with coffee & tea
13:30 – 13:40 Opening
13:40 – 14:10 Database and biology: Thomas van Goethem, Radboud Universiteit & Universiteit Utrecht
14:10 – 14:40 History: Jan Luiten van Zanden, Universiteit Utrecht
14:40 – 15:10 Archeology: Inge van der Jagt & Otto Brinkkemper, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
15:10 – 15:30 Citizen science project: ‘'Adopt an animal or a plant’
15:30 – 16:00 Casestudy ‘De bolderik’: Joop Schaminée, Radboud Universiteit & Wageningen University & Research
16:00 – 16:30 Casestudy ‘De ringslang’: Rob Lenders, Radboud Universiteit
16:30 – 17:30 Closing & drinks


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