In the academic year 2020-2021, the CLARIAH Media Suite team offers a webinar series that introduces participants to working with the audiovisual collections, tools and methods made available in and facilitated by the new version 5 of the Media Suite.

Each webinar starts with a theoretical introduction followed by a hands-on session. We start the series with an introductory session on the basic functionalities of the Media Suite, followed by four sessions focussing on more advanced uses of its tools; from searching and bookmarking collections, to qualitative analysis using video and audio annotation, and data analysis and mining of media content.

About the Media Suite

The Media Suite (https://mediasuite.clariah.nl) is an online research environment for audio-visual collections and media studies research developed within the NWO-funded CLARIAH project. Using their university login credentials, scholars and students in the Netherlands can access key Dutch audio-visual and paper collections, via the Media Suite. Among the collections included are the entire radio and television
collection of The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV), the Jean Desmet collection of the Eye Filmmuseum and more than 60 oral history collections from DANS. The Media Suite makes datasets and data enrichments of these collections available that can be explored in the infrastructure with custom-built tools for searching, analyzing, inspecting and comparing datasets. For instance, researchers may search public service broadcast collections using the automatically generated speech transcripts (ASR) of spoken words, or browse the results of optical character recognition (OCR) applied to the Jean Desmet collection’s paper documents.


For registration seee: https://www.rmes.nl/media-suite-webinar-series-2020-2021/

The 2-hours Webinars will be hold from 15:00 till 17:00 and the language is English.


28 October Introduction to the Media Suite version 5 - Searching collections, bookmarking items and creating a user project
16 December Video annotation of film and broadcast Collections in the Media Suite
17 February Cross-media corpus building and Oral History research in the Media Suite
21 April Mining viewing and listening rates
16 juni Analyzing Automatic Speech Recognition results of broadcast collections

Last week the SORSE Team, launched SORSE (a Series of Online Research Software Eventspronounced ‘source’)We’re excited to bring you our international answer to the COVID-19-induced cancellation of many national RSE conferences.

To keep us all connected, collaborating and learning until the 2021 RSE Conferences, a wonderful group of volunteers has created this new series that aims to deliver a weekly event, either a talk, a workshop, a panel, a poster session, a software demo etc from the community. This is an open call to all RSEs and anyone involved with research software, worldwide, to submit an abstract.

The call will be open continuously with rolling deadlines. The first deadline is soon on the 12th July and then again on the 31st July, followed by the end of each month after that. Apply at any time and you'll be included in the next review.

Have an idea and want to collaborate on it? - Go to the Topic Bazaar - The topic bazaar is a place to encourage and create collaborations that can then be presented in a variety of formats within the series.

Want to have a say on the conference content? Go to the Wishlistand tell us what events and guest speakers you'd like to see.

More detailed information

Best wishes,

The SORSE Team

Data Integration and Applications Workshop

Data are at the core of research in many domains outside of computer science, such as healthcare, social sciences, and business. Combining diverse sources of data provides potentially very useful and powerful data, but it is also a challenging research problem. There are a multitude of challenges in data integration: the data collections to be integrated may come from different sources; the collections may have been created by different groups; their characteristics can be different (different schema, different data types); and the data may contain duplicates. Solving these challenges requires substantial effort and domain experts need to be involved. In the era of Big Data, with organizations scaling up the volume of their data, it is critical to develop new and scalable approaches to deal with all these challenges. In addition, it is important to properly assess the quality of the source data as well as the integrated data. As a consequence, the quality of the source data will drive the methods needed for its integration. Data integration is an important phase in the KDD process, by creating new and enriched records from a multitude of sources. These new records can be queried, searched, mined and analyzed for discovering new, interesting and useful patterns.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together computer scientists with researchers from other domains and practitioners from businesses and governments to present and discuss current research directions on multi source data integration and its application. The workshop will provide a forum for original high-quality research papers on record linkage, data integration, population informatics, mining techniques of integrated data, and applications, as well as multidisciplinary research opportunities.

Full text is available here.


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/