Nordic CLARIN Network

In all the Nordic countries the research in language technology (LT) is strong, supported by national programmes, Nordic collaboration and EU programmes. Nordic participation in CLARIN is very important, and this should as far as possible be a joint effort.

CLARIN ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) is a European research infrastructure for humanities and social sciences based on sophisticated LT. It is on the ESFRI roadmap. At present the members are AT, BG, CZ, DE, DK, EE, NL, PL, and Dutch Language Union. More members are expected to join.

In all the Nordic countries the research in language technology (LT) is strong, supported by national programmes, Nordic collaboration and EU programmes. Nordic participation in CLARIN is very important, and this should as far as possible be a joint effort. The CLARIN membership status differs in the Nordic countries, so it is important to make sure that all countries follow and take part in the development, and to support each other on the way towards membership. Scientifically and technically, it is crucial to collaborate because the groups involved in language infrastructure building in the Nordic countries are relatively small and in need of exchanging expertise and experiences, otherwise the task of building a national infrastructure becomes too heavy. Due to the similarity of the languages we can profit a lot from cooperation and exchanging tools, etc. Culturally, the Nordic countries share not only languages to a large extent, but also largely a common background and a common understanding. This makes it more efficient to obtain results quickly. 

Building on previous and ongoing collaborative activities in LT, the Nordic CLARIN network will work through workshops and other meetings to address issues which are central to future joint efforts: 

  • development of Nordic strategies and common models for long term sustainability, operation and use of Nordic language e-infrastructure, with a particular view to researchers in the Arts and Humanities.
  • research-friendly copyright legislation;
  • know-how, software and workflows for data search and analysis services
  • cooperation on basic language analysis methods and resources;


The prospects for this Nordic collaboration are that each country becomes stronger (scientifically and technically), and in particular that the Nordic CLARIN network is seen as a partner on equal terms with other larger countries. We believe this is one of the most important prospects of the cooperation: a strong Nordic CLARIN contribution to CLARIN. This network is very well suited to carry this vision through, as it consists of very strong LT centres which are at the same time the leading CLARIN partners in each country.

Facts about the project

Project number: 69470

Project leader

Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen

Funding scheme
Researcher networks
Duration
2014-2017