Name: Digital Research Infrastructure for Language Technologies, Arts and Humanities

Institution: Charles University

Coordinator: prof. RNDr. Jan Hajič, Dr.;


LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ was established as the unification of two large research infrastructures, LINDAT/CLARIN and DARIAH-CZ. It is a unique research infrastructure which deals primarily with language data, but also with other digital resources and tools for their exploitation, maintenance and enhancement and offers them to the research community, to industry for the development of applications and in specific cases, such as language culture, also directly to the public domain. LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ is a joint, distributed Czech national node of the pan-European CLARIN ERIC (Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure) and DARIAH ERIC (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) networks. It consists of 11 top research organisations that are active in the domain of humanities and arts in the Czech Republic – in linguistics, history and historical bibliography, culture and science on culture, the history of arts, philosophy, film culture, visual arts, musicology and the history of music, ethnology, folklore, archaeology and also in some cross-disciplinary domains. The aim of LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ is to allow for open access to digitalized data resources of each given discipline for the broad research community and for students both in the Czech Republic and in EU and at the same time to obtain access to similar resources available in the pan-European networks CLARIN and DARIAH. LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ takes part in international cooperation between research infrastructures of a similar type and also directly between the relevant research institutions in all branches of humanities and places emphasis on digital and interdisciplinary processing methods, including modern methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence. An integral part of LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ activities also consists in an analysis of the legal aspects of the use of resources from the humanities domain with regard to possible legal restrictions concerning authorship rights and to the minimization of the impact of these restrictions on research work. LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ also offers know-how and provides software tools for the processing of language resources and other digital data. It is also involved in the development of language technologies serving the needs of industry, and provides services, including those concerned with the exploitation of these services in cultural and creative branches of industry.