Date 11 & 12 May 2017
Time 9:00 - 18:30
Location University of Amsterdam (Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012XT, BG1, E-Lab)

CLARIAH Media Studies focus invites to a two-day symposium and expert meetings around the topic of scholarly annotations of text, image, and audio-visual materials.

This annotation symposium aims to bring together different groups and individuals who are working separately on implementing solutions to support text annotation, audio and video annotation, and image annotation. For instance, within the CLARIAH infrastructure, there is active research and development related to video annotation. Also, the Huygens Institute is actively developing a system for supporting text annotation. Equally, projects at the European and international level are implementing solutions to support this “scholarly primitive.” This event aims to provide the occasion to present an overview of research use cases, and to share experiences, problems, and ideas in implementing annotation support. The main aim is to raise awareness among all CLARIAH work packages about the need to support annotation, and to discuss collaboration possibilities within and outside CLARIAH. The event includes a full day with presentations and a hands-on workshop open to the public, and two closed expert panels.

The program is available here:

Registration to the open session starts from April 13:

48th Annual Conference of IALHI-International Association of Labour History Institutions
in association with
Worklab-International Association of Labour Museums
Ghent, Belgium, 6-9 September 2017

Digital Dreams

Information Technology, Social History Research and the Future of Archives, Museums and Libraries

Conference location: De Krook City Library of Ghent
Hosted by Amsab-Institute of Social History

Call for Papers

The use of computers and information technology in museums, archives and libraries has been going on for several years now, however in a number of aspects the digital era in the sector is only beginning, both in the way of opportunities (think Augmented Reality) or as a threat (think Digital Dark Age). The emerging new IT technologies are challenging and changing the traditional policies of museums, archives and research institutes. Smartphones, networks and GIS technologies open up dazzling new opportunities of transmission of our collections and new communication strategies. But will the digital era be a dream or a nightmare? At what cost will it come? Will the new technologies be global or rather widen the gap with the South?

More information can be found here.

Date between July 15 and August 15 2017
Location Aarhus University, Denmark

dariah eu2DARIAH-DK, Aarhus University and 2017 Academy offer 4 cutting edge summer schools on digital methods for culture, arts, humanities at the intersection with data and the digital.

The summer schools offered under the auspices of DARIAH will also be offered as part of 2017 Academy - a project building creative capacity, in collaboration with Aarhus European Capital of Culture 2017.

The courses run between July 15 and August 15, and visiting Aarhus in that period will not be dull
Deadline for application is March 15.

Text Mining the Great Unread

Exploring Cultural Big Data

Digital Living

Game Play Theory


In the CLARIAH-board meeting of February 22, 2017 16 Pilot Research Projects were approved. Most projects will give a brief presentation about their project at the next CLARIAH-Toogdag on 10 March. The number of very good proposals was higher than could be financially honored, so unfortunately a number of good proposals had to be dropped.

Board of CLARIAH

2TBI 2wards a Transnational Biographical Infrastructure Nico Randeraad MU oth
ACAD Automatic Coherence Analysis of Dutch Wilbert Spooren RUN ling
CoDoSiS Combining Data on slavery in Surinam Cornelis Willem van Galen RUN seh
CrossEWT Cross-Medial Analysis of WW2 Eyewitness Testimonies Susan Hogervorst OU & EUR mst
DB:CCC Diamonds in Borneo: Commodities as Concepts in Context Karin Hofmeester IISH seh
DReAM (Debate Research Across Media) Cross media research of public debates on drugs and regulation Toine Pieters UU mst
HHuCap The History of Human Capital Richard Zijdeman IISH seh
HUMIGEC Human capital, immigration and the early modern Dutch economy: job mobility of native and immigrant Jelle van Lottum HI seh
LinkSyr Linking Syriac Data Wido van Peursen VU ling
M&M Me and Myself: Tracing first person in documentary history in AV-collections Susan Aasman RUG mst
MIMEHIST Annotating EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection: Towards Mixed Media Analysis in Digital Media History Christian Olesen UvA mst
NAMES Dutch corpus of person name variants Gerrit Bloothooft UU ling
NarDis Narrativizing Disruption: How exploratory search can support media researchers to interpret ‘disrupt' Sabrina Sauer VU mst
OpenGazAm Linked Open Data Gazetteers of the Americas Rombert Stapel IISH seh
ReSpoNs Remediation in Sports News Marcel Broersma RUG mst
SERPENS Contextual search and analysis of pest and nuisance species through time in the KB newspaper collect Rob Lenders RUN oth


CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the 6th CLARIN Annual Conference and invites submission of papers.


The 6th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary.


1st February First call published and submission system open
1st May Submission deadline
24th June Notification of acceptance
1st September Final version of extended abstracts due
18th – 20th September CLARIN Annual Conference



The CLARIN Annual Conference is organised for the Humanities and Social Sciences community in order to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes its design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.


Operation and use

Operation and use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in humanities research, including needs for updated and new functionality
  • Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
  • Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience and impact studies
  • Showcases and demonstrators
  • Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, evolution, financing and cooperation
  • Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure

THEMATIC SESSION: Multilingual Processing for Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) have formulated research questions pertaining to different languages. However, the number of research tasks in H&SS in which Language Technology has been applied to cross-language barriers and analyse the same phenomena on material expressed in different languages is relatively small. The situation is better in the case genuine linguistic research, but in multilingual research applications in H&SS are mostly based on a kind of ‘bag of words’ model, and very rarely utilise more advanced multilingual Language Technology methods.

The general aim of this thematic session is to present examples of multilingual approaches in H&SS research related to CLARIN, and to discuss infrastructural solutions to the problem of multilingual interoperability of the Language Technology that are necessary for more advanced research in H&SS. We expect to organise presentations and discussions during the session on the following aspects:

  1. Examples of applications of Language Technology to multilingual processing for the needs of research in H&SS.
  2. Research tasks and ongoing projects in H&SS on the basis of multilingual material and application of Language Technology.
  3. Interoperability of language resources and tools for the needs of multilingual applications in H&SS: models for linking, standards and formats, mapping and linking algorithms, complex processing methods, architectures and platforms.

We invite submissions describing CLARIN related work addressing these aspects. Submissions (for oral presentations, posters, or demos) intended for the thematic session should be marked as such, and will be evaluated with respect to their appropriateness for the theme, in addition to the general acceptance criteria listed below.


The scientific program both of the general sessions and the thematic session will include oral presentations, posters, and demos. There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.



Submission of proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations and/or demos must be extended abstracts (length: up to four A4 pages including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template provided on the website.

It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or international CLARIN projects, but their work must be clearly related to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services.

Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system (link) and will be reviewed by the program committee.

All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of both individual criteria and global criteria. The latter include thematic, linguistic and geographical spread. Individual acceptance criteria are the following:

  • Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure (e.g. use CLARIN, contribute to the CLARIN design, construction, operation, exploitation, etc.). In addition, submissions to the thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the theme.
  • Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to best practice, and preferably evaluated.
  • Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant differences.
  • Substance: concrete work and experiences will be preferred over ideas and plans.
  • Impact: contributions with a higher impact on the research community and society at large will be preferred over papers with lower impact.
  • Clarity: the extended abstract must be informative, clear and understandable for the CLARIN audience.
  • Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.



If the submission is accepted, it will be published (possibly in revised form) in the conference Book of Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) will be invited to submit a full paper (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be digitally published in a conference proceedings volume at Linköping University Electronic Press within about 6 months after the conference.

Conference Program Committee


The program committee for the conference consists of the following members:

  • Jan Theo Bakker, Dutch Language Union, The Netherlands/Flanders
  • Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Eva Hajičová, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Monica Monachini, Institute for Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy
  • Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland (chair)
  • Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece
  • Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Tamás Váradi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, UK