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Tour de CLARIN Volume Two

Fišer, Darja; Lenardič, Jakob; Auziņa, Ilze; Bernstein Ratner, Nan; De Smedt, Koenraad; Dobrovoljc, Kaja; Dodé, Réka; Domeij, Rickard; Dyvik, Helge; Erjavec, Tomaž; Gerassimenko, Olga; Hajič, Jan; Křen, Michal; Ljubešić, Nikola; MacWhinney, Brian; Monachini, Monica; Nava, Beatrice; Navarreta, Costanza; Nedyalkova, Aneta; Nielsen, Klaus; Noémi VadászLaak, Marin; Nylund Skog, Susanne; Offersgaard, Lene; Osenova, Petya; Quochi, Valeria; Reinsone, Sanita; Skadiņa, Inguna; Simov, Kiril; Tichý, Ondřej; Vadász, Noémi; Váradi, Tamás; Vider, Kadri

Fišer, Darja; Lenardič, Jakob

Since 2016, the tour de CLARIN initiative has been periodically highlighting prominent user involvement activities in the CLARIN network in order to increase the visibility of its members, reveal the richness of the CLARIN landscape, and display the full range of activities that show what CLARIN has to offer to researchers, teachers, students, professionals and the general public interested in using and processing language data in various forms. the initiative was initially conceived as a series of blog posts published on the CLARIN webpage and disseminated through the CLARIN newsflash and social media channels. In 2018, the results of the initiative were published in
a printed volume. Gradually, Tour de CLARIN has proven to be one of the flagship user involvement initiatives by CLARIN ERIC, is highly valuable for our network and incredibly popular with our readers. that is why the initiative has since been expanded from presentations of the work carried out by national consortia to also feature the work of CLARIN Knowledge Centres, which provide a physical or virtual place where researchers, educators and developers alike can get cross-border access to knowledge and expertise in specific areas.

As a reflection of the double focus, this second volume of Tour de CLARIN is organized into two parts. In Part 1, we present the seven countries which have been featured since November 2018, when the first volume was published: Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. In this part, each country is presented with five chapters: an introduction to the consortium, their members and their work; a description of one of their key resources; a presentation of an outstanding tool; an account of a successful event for the researchers and students in their network; and an interview with a renowned researcher from the digital humanities or social sciences who has successfully used the consortium’s infrastructure in their research.

In Part 2, we present the work of the four Knowledge Centres that have been visited thus far: the Knowledge Centre for treebanking, the Knowledge Centre for the Languages of Sweden, the TalkBank Knowledge Centre, and the Czech Knowledge Centre for Corpus Linguistics. In this part, each K-centre is presented with two chapters: a presentation of what the K-centre offers to researchers; and an interview with either a renowned researcher who has collaborated with the K-centre or a leading developer who is part of the centre itself and who provided as with valuable insight into what the centre offers.

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