02 March 2012
CLARIN granted ERIC status
Dear members of the CLARIN community,
We are very proud to announce that 29 February 2012 the EC has officially given CLARIN the ERIC status, which means that from now on the governance and coordination of CLARIN at the European level is in the hands of the new legal entity called CLARIN ERIC.
Its founding members are the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, and the Dutch Language Union. Its headquarters will be hosted by Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Other countries are expected to join in the near future.
In the coming months we will prepare a strategic plan for the coming five years and a more detailed work plan for the immediate future, to be presented and discussed at the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of CLARIN ERIC late April or early May.
For the time being we will use the usual CLARIN communication channels to keep you informed.
In my capacity as the coordinator of the CLARIN Preparatory Phase project I would like to thank you all for your contributions to the CLARIN endeavour so far, and I would like to thank especially my colleagues Peter Wittenburg for his role as the main architect of the CLARIN concept and Bente Maegaard for her key role in the design of CLARIN ERIC, and last but not least Richard Derksen in the Dutch Ministry of Education and Science for his relentless efforts to help us shape the ERIC and to make it happen!