CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2020 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is the European research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.
The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences community in order to exchange experiences and best practices in working with the CLARIN infrastructure and to share plans for future developments. The programme will cover a range of topics, including the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools 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.
Special topic: Language resources, tools and services for interdisciplinary research
We especially invite papers for a thematic session addressing work in which language resources, tools and services from the CLARIN infrastructure support inter- and cross-disciplinary research. All research fields are welcome, such as history, performing arts, visual arts, linguistics, literary science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and social sciences. Examples of topics relevant to this session include but are not limited to the following:
- Theoretical and/or methodological issues related to the use of CLARIN resources and services in cross/inter-disciplinary research
- Research questions which have been solved with the support of CLARIN resources and services
- Novel research questions that could be addressed with the support of CLARIN resources and services
- New resources and tools that build upon/reuse CLARIN resources and services
Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.
- Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research and beyond
- Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
- Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage and impact studies
- Identification and analysis of user audiences and developer communities, including Digital Humanities, computer science, human-centered AI
- Showcases, demonstrations and research projects that are relevant to CLARIN
- Teaching and learning cases in which CLARIN resources and services are involved
Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.
- Recent tools and resources added to the CLARIN infrastructure
- Metadata and concept registries, cataloguing and browsing
- Persistent identifiers and citation mechanisms
- Access, including single sign-on authentication and authorisation
- Search, including Federated Content Search
- Web applications, web services, workflows
- Standards and solutions for interoperability of language resources, tools and services
- Models for the sustainability of the infrastructure, including issues in curation, migration, financing and cooperation
- Legal and ethical issues in operating the infrastructure
CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination, e.g.
- User assistance (help desks, user manuals, FAQs)
- CLARIN portals and outreach to users
- Videos, screencasts, recorded lectures
- Researcher training activities
- Knowledge infrastructure centres
CLARIN in relation with other infrastructures, initiatives and projects, e.g.
- Other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.
- Generic infrastructural initiatives such as EOSC, EUDAT, Europeana, RDA, etc.
- Projects such as SSHOC, TRIPLE, ELEXIS, ELG, Prêt-à-LLOD, etc.
- National and regional initiatives
FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME SESSIONS
The programme of both the general sessions and the thematic session may include oral presentations, posters, and demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected will not be dependent on the quality of the paper but only on the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) in view of the content of the paper. The authors of accepted submissions will be provided an additional opportunity to demo their work.
Proposals for oral or poster presentations (optionally with demo) must be submitted as extended abstracts (length: 3-4 pages A4 including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template (ZIP-archive, Overleaf template). Authors can freely choose between anonymous and non-anonymous submission.
Extended abstracts should address one or more topics that are relevant to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services, and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the submission, as well as in the presentation at the conference. Contributions addressing desiderata for the CLARIN infrastructure that are currently not in place are also eligible. It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or cross-national CLARIN projects.
Extended abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair submission system and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee. All proposals will be reviewed on the basis of both individual criteria and global criteria.
Individual acceptance criteria are the following:
- Appropriateness: the contribution must pertain to the CLARIN infrastructure or be relevant for it (e.g., its use, design, construction, operation, exploitation, illustration of possible applications, etc.), and this relevance should be explicitly articulated in the submission. In addition, submissions to the special thematic session will be selected on the basis of their appropriateness to the special topic.
- 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 abstract should be clearly written and well structured.
- Timeliness and novelty: the work must convey relevant new knowledge to the audience at this event.