CLARIN - Data Seal of Approval

CLARIN and the DSA
Paul Trilsbeek
The Language Archive
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
• Started off as one of the ESFRI roadmap projects
funded by the European Commission
• Preparatory phase 2008-2011
• At launch participants from 111 institutions in 32
countries (not all part of the consortium, many
joined voluntarily)
• A number of national CLARIN projects launched
during the preparatory phase (Austria, Bulgaria,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany,
Netherlands, Poland, Norway)
• ERIC (European Research Infrastructure
Consortium) established in February 2012.
Legal entity, governing body funded by
contributions from 9 national CLARIN projects.
• Most of the practical work carried out by the
national projects under the governance of the
ERIC to ensure interoperability by conforming
to CLARIN standards and procedures.
CLARIN Centres
• Institutions that commit to providing certain
services to the wider CLARIN community
• 6 different centre types:
Type A: Infrastructure Centre
Type B: Service Providing Centre
Type K: Knowledge Centre
Type E: External Centre
Type C: Metadata Providing Centre
Type R: Recognized Centre (not yet CLARIN
CLARIN Centres
• A, B and E Centre requirements:
(d) Centres need to have a proper and clearly
specified repository system and participate in a
quality assessment procedure as proposed by
the Data Seal of Approval or MOIMS-RAC
CLARIN Centres
• Recognized repository audit and certification
methods such as DSA and ISO 16363:2012
(TRAC) taken as a basis
• Further CLARIN specific requirements
stipulated on top of this
• In practice, all centers opted to go for DSA
Additional CLARIN requirements
• Center committee determines criteria for
CLARIN centers of different types
• E.g.:
– Taking part in national identity federation if
available, support SAML2.0 AAI
– Use CMDI metadata framework
– Usage of PIDs mandatory
CLARIN Centres and the DSA
• 15 centres granted DSA
• 3 further centres in the process of applying or
have plans to do so
• 14 certified CLARIN “type B” centres
• 5 centres aiming for “type B” certification
• CLARIN center assessment committee does
the assessment and certification (3 rounds so
far, next round coming up. First reassessments coming up)
CLARIN Centres and the DSA
• Most information about the center
assessment openly available on
CLARIN Centres and the DSA
• Effort required varied considerably, but in
general more than initially thought
• Documentation of procedures, policies and
systems often did not exist or only partly
• Expectations now more realistic after the first
rounds of assessments
CLARIN Centres and the DSA
• DSA is a useful instrument to serve as the
basis for the CLARIN centre assessment
• Burden of basic repository assessment given
to DSA board, CLARIN assessment committee
can focus on CLARIN-specific requirements

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