Since September 2021, CLARIN-BE is the Belgian infrastructure for language resources and technologies. CLARIN-BE is operating the Belgian part of the pan-European CLARIN infrastructure.
The aim is to make existing and future language resources easily accessible for researchers and to bring eScience to humanities disciplines. Any researcher can, through federated authentication (single sign-on), gain access to a vast body of language resources, including e.g. speech recordings, literary and historic archives, linguistic corpora, etc. See the CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory and the CLARIN Resource Families for full details.
In addition, CLARIN-BE offers services for depositing, managing, citing, searching and processing language data.
CLARIN-BE was established by BELSPO through the support from Flanders as a result of the FWO‘s International Research Infrastructure call for projects and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation, EWI.
The National Coordinator for Belgium is Vincent Vandeghinste, who is affiliated with the Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal and the KU Leuven. The Technical Representative is Jesse de Does of the Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal and the User Involvement Representative is Els Lefever, Ghent University. The representative in the CLARIN-ERIC General Assembly on behalf of the Belgian administrations is Peter Spyns. CLARIN Belgium currently consists of the Flemish CLARIN-VL consortium, but we hope that Francophone and/or federal colleagues will join soon.