CLARIN Annual Conference 2021: Abstracts submission deadline

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Date(s) - 28/04/2021
11:30 pm - 11:59 pm

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Call for Abstracts:

CLARIN is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2021 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.

Submission deadline: 14 April 2021

In 2021 we hope to be able to at least partially return to the
traditional face-to-face format, for which in 2021 Madrid, Spain, would
be the venue. The event will be prepared by CLARIN ERIC, in
collaboration with LINHD (Digital Humanities Innovation Labies
Innovation Lab) and UNED (National Distance Education University of
Spain). Final decision on the conference format will be taken closer to
the dates of the event.

19 January 2021:       1st Call of Abstracts
1  March 2021:         2nd Call of Abstracts
14 April 2021:         Submission deadline
30 June 2021:          Notification of acceptance
27 August 2021:        Camera-ready submission deadline
27-29 September 2021:  CLARIN Annual Conference

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, teachers or interested parties,
its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN
Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

The keynote speakers for the 10th CLARIN Annual Conference will be:

– Marco Passarotti (Director of the CIRCSE Research Centre, Catholic
University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy)

– Tomáš Mikolov (senior researcher leading a new group studying
unsupervised learning inspired by evolutionary principles at CIIRC,
Czech Institute for Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech
Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic).

We invite submissions describing CLARIN related work addressing the
following aspects:

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
– Teaching and learning cases in which CLARIN resources and services are

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 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,
– SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.
– Generic infrastructural initiatives such as Europeana, etc.
– Projects such as SSHOC, TRIPLE, ELE, ELEXIS, ELG, Prêt-à-LLOD, etc.
– National and regional initiatives

The conference programme may include oral presentations, posters, and
demos. The type of session for which a paper will be selected depending
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.
Conference organisers will ensure the authors of accepted contributions
to have a possibility to present and discuss their work irrespective of
the event format (face-to-face, hybrid or virtual).

The language of the conference is English and presentations will be made
in English. 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 the following criteria:
– 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.
– Soundness and correctness: the content must be technically and
factually correct and methods must be scientifically sound, according to
practice, and preferably evaluated.
– Meaningful comparison: the abstract must indicate that the author is
aware of alternative approaches, if any, and highlight relevant
– 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.

After the success of last years‘ editions, the edition of this year will
again feature a PhD Students Session. The aim of the session is to
enable PhD students to share the next generation of research that is
supported by or contributing to the CLARIN infrastructure, and receive
feedback on their work from CLARIN experts.

Submissions are welcomed by PhD students (i) who already benefit from
using the CLARIN infrastructure in their research, (ii) whose envisaged
project results could contribute to the enrichment of the CLARIN
infrastructure (new corpora; new showcases; support for new languages,
new formats, etc.), and/or (iii) who can demonstrate the added value of
methodological frameworks for the analysis of language data that CLARIN
could support.

Students are invited to submit a 500-word abstract with a description of
their PhD project. Submitted abstracts should clearly articulate how the
PhD work is making use of the CLARIN infrastructure or how the results
will contribute to CLARIN. Accepted abstracts will be published on the
conference website. After the conference, authors of an accepted
abstract may submit a full paper to be reviewed for the post-conference

In case the dynamics of the pandemic would allow the conference to take
place in traditional format, for each accepted abstract one author will
be granted reimbursement of travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free
accommodation and meals. Otherwise, all authors of accepted
contributions will be provided with a possibility to present and discuss
their work in the virtual format.

Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Book of
Abstracts. After the conference, the author(s) of accepted submissions
will be invited to submit full papers (max. 12 pages) to be reviewed
according to the same criteria as the abstracts. Accepted full papers
will be published in a digital conference proceedings volume after the
conference: Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings (peer reviewed)
ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)

The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following
Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Tomaž Erjavec, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Eva Hajičová, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen, Germany
Attie de Lange, South African Centre for Digital Language Resources,
South Africa
Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France
Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland
Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli»,
Italy (CHAIR)
Karlheinz Mörth, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Costanza Navarretta, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan Odijk, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Maciej Piasecki, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland
Stelios Piperidis, ILSP, Athena Research Center, Greece
Eirikur Rögnvaldsson, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies,
Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Inguna Skadiņa, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science,
University of Latvia, Latvia
Koenraad De Smedt, University of Bergen, Norway
Marko Tadić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jurgita Vaičenonienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Tamás Váradi, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of
Kadri Vider, University of Tartu, Estonia
Martin Wynne, University of Oxford, United Kingdom