Using CLARIN for Digital Research tutorial workshop


Many researchers in the digital humanities will have heard of CLARIN, and the efforts to build a persistent, reliable and sustainable infrastructure for language resources and tools. CLARIN aims to provide services to support and faciliate support the use of digital language resources and tools in the humanities and social sciences, and has been adopted as a key service in the national roadmaps for research infrastructure in numerous European countries. This tutorial workshop will aim to give a practical introduction to CLARIN, focussing on providing answers to these key questions.


This pre-conference tutorial workshop will take place as part of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference. Participants must register for the conference at Details on the DH2014 website are available at


13:00 Welcome and setting the agenda    Martin Wynne

A brief description of the background to the workshop, in the context of the CLARIN research infrastructure and efforts to promote the use of language resources and tools in digital research in the humanities.

13:30 How can CLARIN archive and curate my resources?    Christoph Draxler

Several CLARIN centres offer repository services allow deposit, archiving, distribution and long-term preservation of language resources. Deposit with a CLARIN centre also offers opportunities for integration of the resources into services for the online exploration and analysis and combination with various tools.

14:00 How can I find resources using CLARIN?    Dieter van Uytvanck

An introduction to how to find language resources in repositories around the world with the CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory, and how to make your resources visible.

14:30 break

15:00 How can I use CLARIN to make more impact with my research?    Martin Wynne

CLARIN aims to assist the humanities and social sciences to continue to develop communities of practice around digital methods, data and tools. This will require new processes and facilities for data sharing, data citation and software sustainability. Hear the latest progress and plans in these areas, and offer your ideas and suggestions.

15:30 How can I integrate my tools and services with the CLARIN infrastructure?    Thorsten Trippel

Digital research in the humanities could be enhanced, with lower barriers to entry, if it were easier to combine existing datasets, and if it were easier to deploy and combine software tools in chains and workflows. CLARIN aims to promote interoperability by offering an infrastructure for the deployment of software as reliable services available via standard licences and access arrangements. The route to CLARIN compliance is explained, and a demonstration of building web service processing chains with Weblicht.

16:00 How can I do research in the humanities with CLARIN?    Martin Wynne, Christoph Draxler, Thorsten Trippel, Matej Durco

Short presentations of some showcases of CLARIN-powered research, and a discussion of the possibilities, barriers and potential pitfalls.

17:00 end 



Swiss'Tech'Convention Center, EPFL
CH-1015 Lausanne

Digital Humanities 2014 conference