We hope that this volume will be the first in a series of publications where members of the CLARIN community share their experiences and their results with their colleagues and with the humanities and social sciences research communities at large.
CLARIN, the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, is a European Research Infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences, with a specific focus on language in all its forms, and in the many roles it plays in our society and in research, be it as carrier of information, record of the past, means of human expression or object of study.
CLARIN provides a broad range of services, such as access to language data and tools to analyze data, and offers to deposit research data, as well as direct access to knowledge about relevant topics in relation to (research on and with) language resources.
The CLARIN community comprises a variety of groups of people, such as those who build and maintain the infrastructure, those who provide data and tools, and most importantly: those who make use or intend to make use of the CLARIN infrastructure to facilitate and innovate their research. In order to ensure convergence and cross-fertilization between and amongst these groups it is important that they get together and exchange problems and solutions, successes and failures, things yet to be done, and inspiring examples of the capabilities of the infrastructure.
The annual CLARIN conference is one of the places where members of the CLARIN community meet. These proceedings present a selection of the highlights of the 2014 annual conference and we hope that they will not only serve to keep people inside CLARIN informed of what is happening, but that they will also reach a much broader circle of researchers who could benefit from what CLARIN has to offer, or who could contribute to the further development of the CLARIN infrastructure.