Submission deadline for Abstracts extended to April 30, 2018


8–10 October 2018, Pisa

Special topic: multimedia, multimodality, speech

Submission deadline (extended): April 30, 2018

Conference Website: 
Call for abstracts: 
Submission link: 

CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls 
for the submission of extended abstracts. CLARIN is a 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 


- 30 April 2018 Submission deadline
- 2 July 2018 Notification of acceptance
- 10 September 2018 Final version of extended abstracts due
- 8–10 October 2018 CLARIN Annual Conference


The CLARIN Annual Conference is organized for the wider Humanities and Social 
Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN 
infrastructure. This includes 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.


We are proud to have the following keynote speakers at CLARIN 2018:
• James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University
• Costanza Navarretta,University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Special topic: multimedia, multimodality, speech

We especially invite papers for a thematic session in the areas of multimedia, 
multimodality and speech. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, 
the collection, annotation, processing and study of audio, visual or multimedia 
data with language as an important part of the content, for instance the 

• Multimedia (including image/video processing and 
multimedia/interactive/algorithmic literature)
• Spoken data (including dialogue and media studies)
• Multimodal data (including Oral History, sign languages and e-learning)

Other topics:

Use of the CLARIN infrastructure, e.g.
•Use of the CLARIN infrastructure in Humanities and Social Sciences research
•Usability studies and evaluations of CLARIN services
•Analysis of the CLARIN infrastructure usage, identification of user audience 
and impact studies
•Showcases, demonstrations and research projects in Humanities and Social 
Sciences that are relevant to CLARIN

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 
•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 and projects, e.g.
•Relations with other SSH research infrastructures such as DARIAH, CESSDA, etc.
•Relations with meta-infrastructure projects such as EUDAT, RDA and Digital 
•Relations with national and regional initiatives


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 be 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.


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. 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 proposal. 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. The latter 
include thematic, linguistic and geographical spread. 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.). 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 
•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.


For each accepted presentation one author will be granted reimbursement of 
travel costs (up to 220 Euros), free accommodation and meals.


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 at Linköping University Electronic Press within 
about 8 months after the conference.


The Programme Committee for the conference consists of the following members:
•Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
•António Branco, University of Lisbon, Portugal
•Griet Depoorter, Dutch Language Institute, The Netherlands/Flanders
•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
•Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, France
•Krister Lindén, University of Helsinki, Finland
•Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
•Monica Monachini, Institute of Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Italy
•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
•Kiril Simov, IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
•Inguna Skadiņa, University of Latvia, Latvia (chair)
•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, United Kingdom

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