This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the CLARIN Annual Conference 2015 which was held in Wroclaw, Poland, from the 14th to the 16th of October 2015.
CLARIN has been organizing its Annual Conference since 2012. The aim of these conferences is to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure. Topics include the infrastructure’s design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual or potential use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.
Since 2014, CLARIN changed the format of these events by launching an open call for contributions, subjecting submissions to peer review, and publishing Selected Papers after the event. The program of the conference is the responsibility of the CLARIN National Coordinators’ Forum (NCF). Each submission was reviewed by at least three members of the NCF or people delegated by NCF members.
In 2015 the program consisted of 22 presentations, accepted on the basis of extended abstracts which were published in a Book of Abstracts. Ten presentations were accepted to be presented orally and twelve as posters. Some presentations were supplemented by demonstrations. The program also included an invited talk Interaction and dialogue with large-scale textual data: Parliamentary speeches about migration and speeches by migrants as a use case by Andreas Blätte (University of Duisburg-Essen). This talk brought methodologies relevant to CLARIN into the context of current societal concerns.
After the conference, the authors of all presentations were asked to submit full papers. Ten full papers were received, each of which was evaluated by four reviewers. Nine papers were selected for publication, involving authors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
A substantial range of topics is covered by the papers in this volume. These include the construction of the CLARIN infrastructure, the standards that underpin it (in particular as regards metadata and data concepts), and the enrichment of data and tools that populate it. There are also use cases of its scientific exploitment in the fields of Dutch linguistics and rhetorical history, with appropriate methodological considerations. Research data workflows, data curation, data management plans and the regulatory and contractual framework governing the use of data are also addressed.
I thank all reviewers for their evaluation of the submissions. I also thank Peter Berkesand at Linköping University Electronic Press for the efficient digital publication of this volume.
April 4, 2016
Koenraad De Smedt
Program Committee Chair