Events: CLARIN-PLUS Workshop on "Facilitating the Creation of National Consortia: User Involvement", Helsinki 8.-9.6.2017

The purpose of the CLARIN PLUS Workshop is to share ideas and good practices for reaching out to new users of CLARIN services. The workshop is intended for sharing information, know-how and expertise especially with the more recently joined CLARIN member countries.

The workshop is open to invited representatives only.

Venue: Unioninkatu 40, 3rd floor, room 7 (B314), Helsinki, Finland

Map of the important locations

Registration and reimbursement
Preparation materials
UPDATED: Request to collect Frequently Asked Questions
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Intended participants

CLARIN consortia representatives responsible for User Involvement activities from new or potential national consortia.

Registration and reimbursement

Important: Before registering, participants from outside Finland must get in touch with their national CLARIN coordinators. For each of the consortia, it will probably be possible to cover travel costs for one participant only (max 300 € per person).

All the participants of the event need to register their details for the workshop using this form by Thursday, May 11.

Accommodation (breakfast included)

Questions about the practical arrangements?

Please contact the organizers at fin-clarin (AT) in case you have any questions.


The preliminary programme is divided into sessions that will be organized around specific topic areas (see the suggested topics below). Each session will begin with short presentations and end in a general discussion of the topic area. A summary of the discussions will be published after the workshop.

Presentations should be kept short and concise, since we hope to reserve ample time for discussion. The duration of your presentation should not exceed 10 minutes. (In case you clearly need more time, please contact the organizers in advance.)

Suggested topics:

  • Session 1: Usage reports and user experiences: Which of the current CLARIN services are popular, which are not, and why?
    Profiling the existing and potential user groups: interviews, questionnaires, etc.
  • Session 2: Using social media for CLARIN user involvement
  • Session 3: Online courses, visiting lectures, roadshows, webinars and video tutorials, on-site tutorials etc.
  • Session 4: Personal support and consultation services (using tools, data management, corpus analysis, etc.), and how to reduce the need for personal support
  • Other good practices and ideas for user involvement

Preparation materials and a request for Frequently Asked Questions

Preliminary programme:

Thursday June 8
14.30 - 15.00 Registration, light refreshments
15.00 - 15.30 Welcome and introduction (Bente Maegaard)
Overview of CLARIN User Involvement activities
- UI Action Plan 2017, national and central UI activities in 2016 and 2017 (Darja Fišer)
15.30 - 17.00 Session 1 Usage reports and user experiences
Which of the current CLARIN services are popular, which are not, and why? How to collect analytics and reports?
- Krister Lindén, Mietta Lennes, Martin Matthiesen (FIN-CLARIN)
- Tomasz Walkowiak / CLARIN-PL
17.00 - 17.15 Summary and discussion
End of day
19.00 -21.00 Dinner at Restaurant Olo
Friday June 9
09.00 - 10.30 Session 2 Using social media for CLARIN user involvement
Social Media channels for UI purposes (Karolina Badzmierowska)
Overview of the frequently asked questions (Mietta Lennes)
Roadshow in Finland (Mietta Lennes)
10.40 - 11.00 Light refreshments
11.00 - 12.30 Session 3 Online courses, visiting lectures, roadshows, webinars and video tutorials, on-site tutorials etc.
- Educational activities (Darja Fišer)
- Roadshow in Sweden (Johanna Berg)
- Hackathons (Eetu Mäkelä)
- Workshop experiences (Tomasz Walkowiak, CLARIN-PL)
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (Hotel Arthur)
13.30 - 14.30 Session 4 Personal support and consultation services
Suggestions for identifying potential new users (Darja Fišer)
Report: CLARIN involvement in COST Actions
User Involvement in PARTHENOS and in CLARIN-DK (Lene Offersgaard and Bente Maegaard)
14.30 - 15.10 Final discussion
  How to share and synchronize materials and know-how between consortia?
  CLARIN-DARIAH Summer School
  Closing (Summary of Workshop)
15.10 - 15.30 Light refreshments

Preparation materials

We suggest you take a look at the following materials in advance:

Request for Frequently Asked Questions

Do you often receive inquiries and questions from users of CLARIN services?

Can you think of questions that might have a general answer within the CLARIN community? Please post more questions and vote for the existing ones here before the workshop. We can try to edit some answers together. (The results can be viewed here.)

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