CLARIN Annual Conference 2017 – the first Call for Papers

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, 2017                 First call published and submission system open
* 1st May, 2017                        Submission deadline
* 24th June, 2017                     Notification of acceptance
* 1st September, 2017              Final version of extended abstracts due
* 18th–20th September 2017   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 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

Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.
* Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing
* Persistent identifiers
* Access, including Single Sign On Authentication and Authorisation
* Search, including Federated Content Search
* Web applications, web services, workflows and use of the infrastructure
* Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services

CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.
* User assistance (helpdesks, user manuals, FAQs)
* CLARIN portals and outreach to users
* Videos, screen casts, 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 and RDA
* Relations with national and regional initiatives

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.

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

* CLARIN ERIC website:
* CLARIN Annual Conference 2017 website:
* EasyChair submission: (to be open soon)
* Proceedings of previous CLARIN conferences
* CLARIN 2014:
* CLARIN 2015: (
* CLARIN 2016: (forthcoming at
* For general information on the conference:
* For information on the call for papers and program:

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