CLARIN is a European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, focusing on language resources (data and tools). It is being implemented and constantly improved at leading institutions in a large and growing number of European countries, aiming at improving Europe's multi-linguality competence. CLARIN provides several services, such as access to language data and tools to analyze data, and offers to deposit research data, as well as direct access to knowledge about relevant topics in relation to (research on and with) language resources. The main tool is the 'Virtual Language Observatory' providing metadata and access to the different national CLARIN centers and their data.
In 2012 CLARIN gets ERIC status.CLARIN, the pan-European Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure, is the second European research infrastructure to be granted with ERIC status. Eight countries are committed to the setting up of CLARIN-ERIC: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands. The Dutch Language Union completes the list of founding members. CLARIN-ERIC will be hosted in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The “European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures” (ESFRI) has emphasised the importance of CLARIN by including the project in its Roadmap 2006. This also comprises four other important initiatives in the arts and humanities and social studies, including a similar proposal for a data infrastructure for the social sciences (CESSDA Major Upgrade) and for the arts and humanities (DARIAH). In the preparatory phase (2008-2010) CLARIN is funded by the EU through the 7th Framework ESFRI programme. One of the objectives of the preparatory phase is to come with cost estimations for the construction and exploitation phase. The main funders will then be the national governments, with a possible minor contribution from the EU for some generic costs of the infrastructure. Clarin members: http://www.clarin.eu/content/general-information.