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CLARA Summer School in July

From July 5th to July 16th the first CLARA Summer School on Advanced Resource Creation, Archiving and Usage took place at the MPI for Psycholinguistics. 21 participants from 15 countries participated in this Summer School to learn about methods of state-of-the-art data management in research from the process of data creation until data archiving.
CLARA Summer School in July

July 22, 2010

The focus of the Summer School was on multimedia data, used for multimodal annotations such as intonation, gesture or sign language research. To give the participants some context, expert researchers in this field gave talks where they outlined their current work. The summerschool also provided the participants with the opportunity to interact with colleagues from a lot of different countries and research areas.

Create awareness

The goal of the Summer School was to create awareness of the need for proper data life cycle management, to transfer knowledge about state-of-the-art computer-based methods, to train the participants in the usage of state-of-the-art tools and to demonstrate in a few examples how challenging research can be done in this area. Therefore the courses covered a mixture of tutorials and hands-on sessions given by MPI-internal and distinguished external experts. Needless to say that in particular the hands-on sessions were very much appreciated by the participants.After each day the participants were asked to formulate short reports in three working groups where they had to describe the essentials of what they had learned during the day, whether gaps or incomprehensive explanations were identified, whether the presentations raised issues relevant for their work, etc. Many concrete suggestions and additional discussions resulted from these reports and in fact after the first week the programme of the second week was changed to meet some of the wishes. Even new topics were spontaneously integrated.

Networks of young researchers

Through the daily interaction of the participants the Summer School also resulted in new cross-European networks of young researchers, which is also a prominent goal of the CLARA project as part of the Marie-Curie mobility programme.

About MPI

This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.


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