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Name of Collaboratory :


Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2008 End Date : 2011 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 7:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Product Development, Community Data Systems, Expert Consultation  

Domain(s) :

  HUMANITIES >Foreign Languages >Other Languages and Literature  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The CLARIN project is a large-scale pan-European collaborative effort to create, coordinate and make language resources and technology available and readily useable for the whole European Humanities (and Social Sciences) community.

CLARIN will offer scholars the tools to allow computer-aided language processing, addressing the multiple roles language plays in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The European Resources Infrastructure that is to be created by CLARIN is based on an open European Federation of strong service centres and repositories that jointly provide
(i) knowledge about the existence of language resources,
(ii) coordinated creation of, archiving of, and access to such resources,
(iii) access to services and tools that would allow scholars to operate on such resources,
(iv) bundling of and access to expertise related to specific language processing problems.

CLARIN will be built on the existing national infrastructures and all the knowledge gathered from the European funded projects in our domain. At the European level an efficient umbrella organization is to be set up that will be responsible for the unification and organizations at the European level.
CLARIN sees itself as a research infrastructure that will offer specialized resources, tools/services and knowledge and will easily join with other complementary initiatives in the humanities area. CLARIN will also link up closely with appropriate infrastructures in other humanities disciplines.
The CLARIN initiative offers:
Comprehensive service to the humanities disciplines with respect to language resources and technology;
Technology overcoming the many boundaries currently fragmenting the resources and tools landscape as it is given by institutional, structural and semantic interoperability problems;
Tools and resources that will be interoperable across languages and domains, thus addressing the issue of preserving and supporting the multilingual and multicultural European heritage;
Comprehensive training and education programs that include university education in the different member states;
Improvement and extension of web-based collaborations, i.e. creating virtual working groups breaking the discipline boundaries;
Development or improvement of standards for language resource maintenance;
A persistent and stable infrastructure that researchers can rely on for the next decades.

CLARIN is built on

powerful and committed institutions in Europe that have already exhibited their strengths and that are supported by the national bodies
the comprehensive expertise that has been developed in the European community over the last decades and that has given it a unique position in international competition and networking
knowledgable experts that already have created language resources, language technology and small-scale infrastructures

They have a scientific board, a strategic coordination board, an executive, board, and an international advisory board.

The CLARIN work is organized in Work Packages along coherent thematic topics. It is obvious that there is overlap between these topics requiring a high degree of interaction between them. Primarily it is the responsibility of the WP leader to organize the work in a way that the goals and deliverables are met.

Within the Work Packages the content oriented work is carried out in a number of working groups. Experts from CLARIN members and from international collaborators are contributing to the working groups. But also associate members and individual experts can be asked to join the working groups.

While all mentioned bodies act at the European level, every national CLARIN group is expected to define an appropriate national coordination structure.


Access to Instruments :

  All of their services and tools are available online.  

Access to Information Resources :


Access to People as Resources :

  Newsletter; They have referrals to experts on their Website.

To become a member an institution has to support the CLARIN mission, has to have a strong national and international position to be able to contribute to the CLARIN mission and has to be represented by an expert who is known for his/her contributions to the field. It is expected therefore that the mission statement will be signed by the director of the institution and that the type of contribution is indicated. The membership is expected to be active.

They have annual meetings in which the Executive Board presents its annual report about progress, problems and planning for the future. All registered member institutions are invited to participate in the meeting and to ask questions, give advice and propose actions. International partners will be invited to participate in the member meetings.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :


Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
CLARIN will be built on the existing national infrastructures and all the knowledge gathered from the European funded projects in our domain. At the European level an efficient umbrella organization is to be set up that will be responsible for the unification and organizations at the European level.


Notes on Participants/Organizations:
CLARIN is a pan-European community of institutions emerged from an open and bottom-up driven formation process. It is not exclusive and open for extensions.


Communications Technology Used :

  To achieve these challenging goals CLARIN will be built on and contribute to a number of key technologies coming from the major initiatives advancing the eScience paradigm:

It includes Data Grid technology to connect the repositories as being implemented in the DAM-LR pilot project and web services the various centres provide;
It builds on ideas launched by the Digital Library community to create Live Archives, and will further such initiatives;
It incorporates, and contributes to, Semantic Web technology to overcome the structural and semantic encoding problems;
It incorporates advanced multi-lingual language processing technology that supports cultural and linguistic integration.

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