Submission deadline for Abstracts extended to April 30, 2018
 Location  Pisa (Italy)
 Date  8–10 October 2018
 Special topic  multimedia, multimodality, speech
 Submission deadline  April 30, 2018 (extended)
 Conference Website
 Call for abstracts

CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.


  • 30 April 2018 Submission deadline
  • 02 July 2018 Notification of acceptance
  • 10 September 2018 Final version of extended abstracts due
  • 08 - 10 October 2018 CLARIN Annual Conference


The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools 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.


We are proud to have the following keynote speakers at CLARIN 2018:

  • James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
  • Costanza Navarretta,University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Special topics

multimedia, multimodality, speech

We especially invite papers for a thematic session in the areas of multimedia, multimodality and speech. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the collection, annotation, processing and study of audio, visual or multimedia data with language as an important part of the content, for instance the following:

  • Multimedia (including image/video processing and multimedia/interactive/algorithmic literature)
  • Spoken data (including dialogue and media studies)
  • Multimodal data (including Oral History, sign languages and e-learning)

Other topics

Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research
  • Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
  • Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience and impact studies
  • Showcases, demonstrations and research projects in Humanities and Social Sciences that are relevant to CLARIN

Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.

  • Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure
  • Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing
  • Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms
  • Access, including single sign-on authentication and authorisation
  • Search, including Federated Content Search
  • Web applications, web services, workflows
  • Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services
  • Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, financing and cooperation
  • Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure

CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.

  • User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)
  • CLARIN portals and outreach to users
  • Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures
  • Researcher training activities
  • Knowledge infrastructure centres

CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures and projects, e.g.

  • Relations with other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.
  • Relations with meta-infrastructure projects such as EUDAT, RDA and Digital Humanities
  • Relations with national and regional initiatives


The programme of both the general sessions and the thematic session may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected will be not be dependent on the quality of the paper but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper.


Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4 including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template. Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.
Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the proposal.
Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.
Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme 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 or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.). In addition, submissions to the special thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the special topic.
  • 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.


For each accepted presentation one author will be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.


Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Book of Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume at Linköping University Electronic Press within about 8 months after the conference.


The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:

Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden •António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal •Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, The Netherlands/Flanders •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 •Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France •Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland •Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark •Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy •Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria •Costanza Navarretta,University of Copenhagen, Denmark •Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands •Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland •Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece •Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria •Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia (chair) •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, United Kingdom




12 April 2018, Amsterdam

CLARIAH infrastructure has the desired follow-up with CLARIAH PLUS.

clariah plusThis afternoon, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven granted the CLARIAH PLUS application with EUR 13.8 million. This will enable the humanities consortium led by Huygens ING to continue building the national digital CLARIAH infrastructure for the humanities.

Within the framework of the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructures, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of OC&W has allocated € 13.8 million on behalf of the NWO to the CLARIAH-PLUS project.
The award was received by the Principal Investigator (PI) Lex Heerma of Voss, director of Huygens ING, on behalf of a national consortium of universities and humanities institutes.

Heerma van Voss: 'This award confirms the great importance of the CLARIAH infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands and far beyond. This infrastructure will substantially change not only the character of humanities research, but also that of social sciences research.

Over the past four years, the CLARIAH-CORE project has been used by the consortium to lay the foundations for the CLARIAH infrastructure. Because the CLARIAH infrastructure is an integral part of the European CLARIN and DARIAH initiatives, the Netherlands plays a prominent role internationally in the development of a European infrastructure for the humanities. Thanks to this allocation, the Netherlands will be able to consolidate and expand this role in the coming years.

CLARIAH-CORE focused specifically on linguistics, socio-economic history and media studies. CLARIAH-PLUS adds infrastructure for the disciplines that study texts not on the language used, but on their content, such as literature, history, but also philosophy and theology.

The consortium behind this project, which has committed itself to CLARIAH for the next ten years, consists of Huygens ING, the Institute for the Dutch Language, the International Institute of Social History (IISH), the Library of the Netherlands, the Meertens Institute, the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
In addition, the following institutions participate: Data Archiving and Network Services (DANS), Fryske Akademie, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), National Archives, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Netherlands eScience Center, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Radboud University, Groningen University, Leiden University, Maastricht University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Video message of Lex Heerma van Voss

The interview above with Lex Heerma van Voss was recorded by Thijs van der Veen of the Huygens ING and can be found on YouTube as well.

The videos have Dutch subtitles generated with the CLARIAH Automatic Speech Recognizer + a bit of manual post-processing (CLARIAH was not recognised ). The English subtitles were generated with the automatic translation of DeepL on the basis of the Dutch subtitles after manual post-processing and thereafter corrected for the worst errors (Geesteswetenschappen -> Spiritual Science). The subtitles can be selected via the cc-button.

For more information, please contact CLARIAH: Arjan van Hessen, (Tel: 0621 888 146)

Location Multi-Media Room 2
Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
Date Thursday 12-April-2018
Time 10.00 - 13:00
Organiser Susan Aasman

The Centre for Digital Humanities organizes, in collaboration with CLARIAH, a workshop about the state of the art of video annotation. With this workshop, we will bring scholars and tool developers together to learn from experiences with the variety of available video annotation tools. The workshop will provide an overview of initiatives, but also give the opportunity to have some hands-on experience and discuss what other steps are needed to facilitate developments in annotating large-scale archival material (film and video) and/or online video data sets (e.g. storage).


Time What Who
10.0—11.00 introduction video annotation and overview of four projects -   
  CLARIAH Media Suite Annotation Tool Rob Wegter (RUG) and Liliane Melgar (UVA/CLARIAH)
Organiser CLARIAH Media Suite Annotation Tool Christian Olesen (UVA)
  VideoAannotation with ADVANT Tom Koole (RUG)
  Video Annotation with Elan Gisele Redeker, Ielka van der Sluis and Charlotte  Vijfvinkel (RUG)
11.00-12.00 hands-on video annotation: Practicing with the different video annotation tools  
12.00-13.00 further developments
Session on what is needed to facilitate develop possibilities. What are the basic requirements, how can we collaborate?

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. Registration via email:


The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. Registration via email:

logo escience zwartNetherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) invites researchers working in the domains of Environment & Sustainability and Humanities & Social Sciences to apply for funding and support to address compute-intensive and/or data-driven problems within their research.


The purpose of this Call for Proposals is to enable domain scientists, working in the discipline areas of Environment & Sustainability and Humanities & Social Sciences, to address compute-intensive and/or data-driven problems within their research.

Successful proposals will pursue new scientific challenges and enhance and accelerate the process of scientific discovery within the field of the above mentioned discipline areas. To achieve this, the proposals will be characterized by the usage, adaptation, and integration of eScience methods and tools.

Who can apply

Proposals can be submitted by researchers from any Dutch university or research institute affiliated with NWO or KNAW.

Further requirements:

The PI must:

  • have a PhD;
  • hold a contract (period of appointment) for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which the grant is being applied.

The PI will be responsible for scientific progress, reporting, and financial accounting.

It is strongly encouraged to have links with business partners to enlarge the potential for valorization of the project. As such, it is possible for co-applicants to be employed by a non-academic partner.

What to apply for

A grant may be requested for a maximum total in cash budget of 165K Euro, and a minimum total in kind budget of 1.0 FTE (= 1680 hours). The project duration must be between 18 and 36 months.

The available in cash budget is primarily intended to cover expenses for local research personnel. Part of the in cash budget however, may also be reserved for additional resources and expenditures. 

Typically, the project budget will be as follows:

  • 1 Postdoc position for the duration of 2 years. (The cost associated with this position includes an individual bench fee of up to 5K Euro as a contribution to travelling expenses, or other approved expenditure.)
  • A maximum of 20K Euro for project-related equipment, Open Access publication, software, and (non-NLeSC personnel) travel expenses. (The costs for equipment and software must equal or exceed 5K Euro. Equipment and software with a purchase price of less than 5K Euro is deemed part of the standard infrastructure of the local institute and is therefore ineligible for funding. Travel expenses must be incurred by the project team members, with a maximum of 10K Euro. The necessity of travel, equipment and software in support of the project must be justified.) 
  • A minimum of 1.0 FTE in terms of support provided by personnel employed by NLeSC. 

The total of the first two bullet points may not exceed 165K Euro.

When to apply

  • Deadline for submission of pre-proposals: Thursday May 17, 2018, 14:00 CET

  • Deadline for submission of full proposals: Thursday August 30, 2018, 14:00 CET 

Submission of a full proposal is possible only after participation in the pre-proposal round.

The full text of this call can be found here.