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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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.

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)