CLARIN Workshop Sofia

Date Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 09:00
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Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 - 13:00
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Location Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”,
Sofia,
Bulgaria

Workshop objectives, content and target audience

The objective of the two and a half days workshop was to foster collaboration between social sciences and humanities researchers in Central and Eastern Europe and the research communities in these fields represented in CLARIN (the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, involving 25 countries), and in the EU funded PARTHENOS Infrastructure project (16 partners in 9 countries).

The workshop paid special attention to the training materials and other results produced by the PARTHENOS project, and to the CLARIN Resource Families and CLARIN in general.

The target audience were researchers and lecturers in the social sciences and humanities in a broad sense who use language data in their research and/or teaching (such as literary studies, history, political science, communication science, media studies, etc.) from countries in Central and Eastern Europe that are not participating in the PARTHENOS project, with a special focus on Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldavia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

For the workshop the following 3 topics, which by their very nature lend themselves for collaborative, cross border and cross discipline research, as well as for education purposes, were selected:

  • Working with Parliamentary Records
  • Challenges in Literary History
  • Oral History: working with interview data

The workshop was organised by Steven Krauwer and Darja Fišer. There were 25 participants (researchers and lecturers who use language data in their research and/or teaching, such as literary studies, history, political science, communication science, media studies, etc.) from countries in Central and Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Moldavia, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia) which are not participating in the PARTHENOS project in order to promote the PARTHENOS training materials, CLARIN Resource Families and CLARIN in general.

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Two presentations will be about text (or written resources) and one (our) about the use of spoken resources for their research.

Many scholars working with spoken narratives (oral historians, socio-linguists, antropologists, etc.) may not yet be fully aware of the possibilities that HLT and digital research infrastructures have to offer. Digital research infrastructures should not only be regarded by scholars as convenient ways of gaining and providing access to data (as it mostly is now), but also as means of data preparation and analysis.

The "Sophia workshop" seeks to remedy this limited understanding among scholars by demonstrating parts of the CLARIN and CLARIAH-NL research infrastructures, i.e. the CLARIN Oral History Portal and the CLARIAH Media Suite, which were both developed in the past few years (2015-2018).