CLARIN-ERIC is a European research infrastructure consortium that is committed to creating a shared and compatible research infrastructure for language resources and language technology. Its Finnish part is FIN-CLARIN, which is a consortium formed by Finnish universities, CSC - IT Centre for Science and the Institute for the Languages of Finland, seeking to assist researchers in the field of the humanities to use, store and share their research materials. The objective is to provide all Finnish researchers as easy as possible access to any European CLARIN-compatible language resources, and to provide foreign researchers similar access to Finnish materials representing different languages.
The FIN-CLARIN Language Bank of Finland serves researchers and students at the University of Eastern Finland as a key resource in linguistics. The Language Bank’s extensive written and spoken language resources and language analysis tools are used in research in the fields of linguistics and translation studies, as well as in assignments and theses completed by Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. As access to the resources of other countries participating in CLARIN becomes easier, the extensive offering of languages in FIN-CLARIN will be available to international Master’s degree programmes as well. Furthermore, our linguistics researchers actively add material to the Language Bank’s language resources, such as the Karjalainen corpus of Finnish newspaper texts, future corpora of languages spoken in the eastern neighbouring areas of Finland, and the corpus of subtitles on the Finnish broadcasting company YLE channels. Experts of the Language Bank have converted materials provided by our researchers into formats suitable for corpus research.
FIN-CLARIN accepts new materials produced by researchers and develops user instructions and supporting services relating to them. Over the past 15 years, researchers at Joensuu campus have produced several language corpora for the Language Bank.
Moreover, the Bank of Finnish Terminology in Arts and Sciences, which is another centralised service of FIN-CLARIN, constitutes an important tool in research and teaching at the University of Eastern Finland. Our researchers have been actively involved in its development, both as persons working in the project and as persons in charge of disciplines.