The Common Language Resources and Tools Infrastructure (CLARIN) is a major pan-European research infrastructure which is building services to underpin the interoperability, re-use and sustainability of language data and software for research across the humanities and social sciences. One of the key aims of CLARIN is to help researchers who develop useful datasets and software to be able to make them more easily available for others to find, access, use, combine with other resources, and to help to keep them available in the long term.

CLARIN is built on expert centres, and national funding initiatives to support and sustain these centres. The CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is the body which co-ordinates these activities and provides the central services to glue them together, and is based at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. European countries opt in to build their national CLARIN infrastructure and to contribute to the costs of running the ERIC. So far, nineteen counties have joined as full members, with two observers. Much more information is available at the CLARIN website.

CLARIN could potentially help us to share our resources more widely more effectively. The UK joined the CLARIN ERIC as an Observer in 2015, renewed for a second three-year period in 2018.  Please get in touch if you'd like to join in - email Martin Wynne.

CLARIN is a European network. These pages give you information and links to data, applications, services and tools in the UK, but the real strength of CLARIN comes from sharing across borders. Please visit the CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium gateway to services for access to many more digital language resources.

Find language resources via the CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory

The CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory pulls together records from all the CLARIN centres, and many other language resource repositories.

Use the search bar below to enter a search term and start searching through hundreds of thousands of language resources via a search term, or just hit 'Search the CLARIN VLO' button to browse everything and use facets to narrow down to your area of interest or discover new resources.



Find out more about the CLARIN VLO and other CLARIN services here.