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How to use COALA

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COALA is a tool to convert simple text tables into CLARIN Metadata-Files (CMDI) for multimodal corpora. If you want to learn more about CMDI in general we refer to this page. As many other CLARIN tools, COALA is a free web service that can be found on the website of the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals (BAS)

To get your CMDI you just have to upload your files, give your corpus a name and a title and hit the green COALA button to convert your files. Within a few seconds you can download your zipped file which contains all the metadata for your corpus.   

If you are encountering any problems, you first might want to check the logging messages at the top to see whether something went wrong. If you have further problems or questions there is a detailed description of the web service along with templates that you can download to see example inputs. Maybe there is something wrong with your tables? In case you can't find what you are looking for there is also the possibility to get help at the Helpdesk.

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Learning DH and Networking across Europe with CLARIN

Learning DH and Networking across Europe with CLARIN

Take 70 international young scholars in the digital humanities (DH), 11 different classes taught by experienced experts, a couple of presentations by scholars showing their work from various DH subfields, add a social program with excursions to museums and sites of culture: Voilà. In the summer 2017, "Culture & Technology" - The European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU) was an excellent venue for scholars to learn about and practice DH methods, expand their horizon to different research questions in the DH and create international networks of expertise.

Existing tools and data sets were utilized to demonstrate usecases and to work on classroom projects based on participants’ interests. CLARIN, as a major contributor to the DH infrastructure in Europe, strongly supported these activities by sponsoring classes related to the CLARIN services, which provide tools, data sets, and workflows.

ESU 2017 organizers: Elisabeth Burr and her team organized the summer school at Leipzig University
ESU 2017 organizers: Elisabeth Burr and her team organized the summer school at Leipzig University

Organized by an enthusiastic team around Elisabeth Burr, the summer school, which was established at the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2009, was again cosponsored by CLARIN – besides receiving funding from Leipzig University, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and other national and international institutions.  This allowed about 70 participants from almost all over the world to take part in the proceedings of the summer school, including intensive courses in small groups applying DH methods and working on research questions. From Russia to the USA, with the majority of participants coming from European countries ranging from Bulgaria to France, the summer school was an international networking event for young scholars and international experts in DH.

Participants of ESU 2017 listening to a presentation on an international art project
Participants of ESU 2017 listening to a presentation on an international
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