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.

Date 23 March 2018 logo leiden 
Time 09:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Location Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room Lipsius 127 / 227


Vector representations and word embeddings have become increasingly popular in linguistic research. Representing words in a continuous vector space where semantically similar words are embedded close to each other, word embeddings have shown to be very powerful, enabling simple mathematical operations on words.

Famously, word embeddings allow for researchers to discover analogies between words. Solving the equation “[king] - [man] = x - [woman]” (read this as “What relates to woman, as king relates to man?”) for x, gives us a new vector. The word vector closest to that newly calculated vector x is indeed the vector for queen.

Representing language as vectors creates all kinds of other possibilities, too, such as automatic one-on-one translation of words and automatic extraction of verbal paradigms, but its possibilities are not limited to the lexical or the morphological domain.

In this workshop we shall first dive into word embeddings in a hands-on tutorial on how to work with word embeddings yourself. In the afternoon there will be a session with lectures on what can be done with word embeddings and vector representations in linguistic research.

We kindly ask you to enroll for the workshop, since there is a limited amount of places for the hands-on tutorial in the morning (18). You can enroll here. Please indicate whether you plan to come for the whole workshop, or only for the morning or the afternoon. Lunch will not be provided.

Coffee and tea will be served, courtesy of the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities.

Morning, Lipsius 127

10.00-10.30 Coffee and tea
10.30-12.00 Hands-on tutorial – Suzan Verberne (LU)

Afternoon, Lipsius 227

13.00-13.45 Arianna Bisazza (LU)
13.45-14.30 Simon Šuster (Uantwerp)
14.30-15.00 Coffee and tea
15.00-15.45 Kris Heylen (KU Leuven)
15.45-16.30 Martin Kroon (LU)

Gertjan FilarskiAs the last Tech Day in October 2017 was quite successful, the board decided on organising an extra Tech Day on March 29th, 2018 between 10:30 and 17:00 at IISH in Amsterdam. Like last time, this event has all the characteristics of an unconference combined with a hackathon, you will decide what we will happen - and you'll get the opportunity to build it or work with it.  We'll have a round of presentations on each session at 16:00 followed by drinks.

Since a little structure in advance always helps, I have kept an inventory of ideas and people over the last month. The following subjects have been suggested. But of course feel free to add new ideas in the comments below, or speak out on the event itself.

Relationship with NDE

Although there are many personal and institutional relationships between CLARIAH partners and NDE, a more structural approach could be beneficial to both infrastructures. After discussions with Enno Meijers (KB) we will invite Sjors de Valk to show the High Level Design of NDE and discuss the potential overlap and interaction with the CLARIAH infrastructure.


Marnix van Berchum and Jauco Noordzij (Huygens ING) will organise a hands-on session with ANANSI.


During the last dbpedia meeting we explored the possibility of adding the dbpedia community to the CLARIAH Tech Day. I have passed this by the board and they were very enthusiastic. We will invite the DBpedia community to explore with us the possible the connections between CLARIAH and DBpedia.

CLARIAH Security Service

Roeland Ordelman and Jaap Blom (B&G) will organise a hands-on with the CLARIAH security solution and how to integrate the authentication and authorisation service into your own software.

I will keep hunting for other subjects: given enough interest we might be able to organise a session with the LCRDM on FAIR APIs, a hands-on session with OpenSKOS, other suggestions are more than welcome!

Cheers! GJ

The Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center are looking for researchers who want to join the Lorentz-eScience competition 2019 to organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center@Snellius, in Leiden, the Netherlands.

We would like to draw your attention to this program and also kindly ask you to distribute this link with the call poster in your network:http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/Lorentz-eScience.php  
The deadline for a pre-proposal for this call is 15 April 2018.

The Lorentz-eScience competition aims to host a leading-edge workshop on digitally enhanced research: efficient utilization of data, software, and e-infrastructure. The workshop should bring together researchers from the academic scientific community and the public/private sector.

Information about the call as well as the partners of the Lorentz-eScience program can be found at the Lorentz & eScience websites or you can contact us.


Henriette Jensenius (Lorentz Center) Wilco Hazeleger (Netherlands eScience Center)
+31 71 527 5580 +31 20 4604770
www.lorentzcenter.nl www.esciencecenter.nl
Lorentz Centre eScience



Dear members of the CLARIAH community, 

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In December 2017 we had a CLARIN-workshop in Gothenburg on the topic of Second Language (L2) learner corpora, and more precisely on the interoperability of L2 resources and tools: https://sweclarin.se/swe/workshop-interoperability-l2-resources-and-tools

As a result of the workshop we are putting together a survey of L2 learner corpora that have been developed and/or are maintained within CLARIN, as well as the ones outside CLARIN (however, with a focus on the corpora within the CLARIN infrastructure). 

Could you please have a look at the list that we have put together here:


We need your help to make sure that we have not missed any corpora. We would also like to know if there are any corpora in the pipeline that we might not yet have heard of. Please add at the bottom of the list and mark as NEW / PIPELINE in the CLARIN column.

At the beginning of the list there is a column where you can say whether something is a CLARIN corpus or not (YES/ NO) and next to that you can write a comment if you want to, including if something is in the pipeline. 

Deadline for filling out the form is 31st JANUARY 2018. Otherwise we cannot include the information in the report.

Best wishes,

Therese Lindström Tiedemann (Helsinki) and Elena Volodina (Gothenburg)