CLARIN web services for Digital Humanities

Olga Gerassimenko, Kadri Vare

Humanities researchers and resource owners can benefit from closer acquaintance with CLARIN, European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology. CLARIN makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

Our presentation aims to introduce CLARIN’s possibilities through CLARIN web portal and central services. We will focus on Virtual Language Observatory, which is meant to explore linguistic resources, services and tools available within CLARIN and related communities. Also we will demonstrate the Federated Content Search, which provides the possibility to search for specific patterns in large collections of data, since that engine connects to the local data collections available in the centers.

In this presentation we will give a brief overview of the showcases of CLARIN service usage. As a general and concrete example of best practice we will demonstrate WordTies – web interface developed to visualize monolingual wordnets as well as their alignments with wordnets in other languages. In addition to Finnish, Danish, Polish and Swedish Wordnet, Estonian Wordnet is also available via WordTies browser. We will also demonstrate KORP, an international corpus manager.

For owners of humanitarian technological resources and developers of technological tools, there might be of interest to deposit current versions their tools or resource to the Centre of Estonian Language Resources, a CLARIN national center. We will demonstrate both the possibilities and advantages of depositing.