Funding awarded to major national project in the humanities

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The Academy of Finland has granted EUR 4.6 million in funding for the FIN-CLARIAH infrastructure project, which will make available to researchers extensive collections of texts and multimodal data, as well as tools for the analysis and enrichment of the data. The funding enables humanities research that can take advantage of neural network technology, high-powered computing and extensive datasets.

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The National Library of Finland’s task in the project is to design a route enabling the transfer of data from digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi to the FIN-CLARIAH service and to develop a process by which data can be transferred flexibly as it is produced in the future. During the construction phase of the infrastructure, the transfer of data will be piloted with non-copyrighted material. In addition, experts from the National Library of Finland will participate in other work packages as commentators. The FIRI funding granted by the Academy of Finland can be used to hire an information systems specialist for the project for the years 2022–2023. The project and the networks it creates support many of the National Library of Finland’s strategic objectives.

The FIN-CLARIAH consortium includes CSC, which is responsible for the construction of the service, as well as the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Tampere University, University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskylä and University of Turku, which participate in the planning of the service. The National Library of Finland is the only cultural heritage organisation participating in the consortium at this stage, but partners in the project include e.g. the National Archives of Finland and Kotus. The director of the consortium is Krister Lindén (UHEL, Fin-Clarin).

Read more about the FIN-CLARIAH project here: https://www.kielipankki.fi/organization/roadmap/

The development of the infrastructure is funded by the European NextGenerationEU and the participating universities.

For further information, please contact:

Information Specialist Jussi-Pekka Hakkarainen, jussi-pekka.hakkarainen@helsinki.fi, +358 (0)29 412 2732

Research Director Krister Lindén, krister.linden@helsinki.fi, +358 (0)29 412 9303