CLARIN Centres

CLARIN Centres in the Netherlands

CLARIN-NL aims to set up Centres in order to provide persistency of data, services and tools in a standardized way. At this time, there are two different types of CLARIN Centres.

Full Centres

First of all, there are ‘full’ CLARIN Centres  offering various types of services to the research community. Full Centres will host their own data and tools as well as those from “other parties”. These Centres take care for the sustainability of data and tools and the permanent access to them.
More information on the full CLARIN Centres can be found in this document. Moreover, there is a Short Guide on CLARIN centres. A number of organizations intend to become a full CLARIN Centre and are working towards this status, but at this moment (February 2012) there are no officially recognized CLARIN Centres.

Full Centres Profiles

For each full centre, we specify which resource types it focuses on.

Centre Focus on resources Resource examples
Meertens Institute relevant for the study of function, meaning and coherence of cultural expressions and resources relevant for the structural, dialectological and sociolinguistic study of language variation within the Dutch language. typological databases for Dutch dialects, descriptions of Dutch songs, databases of Dutch names, etc. For more examples, see here
MPI related to the study of psychological, social and biological foundations of language. documentation of endangered languages, resources for sign languages, phonetic resources for the study of phone perception, speech error databases, tools for creating and annotating resources, etc. For more examples, see here
Huygens ING related to the study of history and literature of the Netherlands. historical and literary manuscripts and their annotations, tools to annotate such manuscripts and create scholarly editions, etc. For more examples see here
INL that are relevant to the lexicological study of the Dutch language and on resources relevant for research in and development of language and speech technology. lexicons, lexical databases, text corpora, speech corpora, language and speech technology tools, etc. For more examples, see here
DANS sustained access to digital research data.The DANS data archive contains thousands of datasets in the fields of humanities including oral history, archaeology, geospatial sciences and behavioural and social sciences. The data archive has acquired the Data Seal of Approval. Regarding the conditions under which access to the data is granted, the DANS motto is “Open Access when possible, Restricted Access when necessary”. text resources, databases, spreadsheets, audio and audio-visual resources. For more examples see here

Data Providers

In 2011, CLARIN-NL introduced a new centre type, namely CLARIN Data Provider. CLARIN-NL decided to define this new type of centre, because there is a range of centres in the Netherlands (and elsewhere) that by their very nature and mission archive large amounts of dedicated data. Moreover, these organizations give the research community access to (most of) their data. CLARIN-NL wants these data to be visible and accessible in a transparent and standardized manner in the CLARIN infrastructure. However, due to their nature, these organizations will not host data or tools from “third parties”, which prevent them from becoming a full CLARIN Centre. For more details on the requirements for CLARIN Data Providers, see this document.

A couple of organizations have been invited to become CLARIN Data Provider. Some of them alreaydy started working towards becoming a CLARIN Data Provider, others are preparing their plans. They include the Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Digitale Bibliotheek der Nederlandse Letteren (DBNL), the Nationaal Archief, and university libraries starting with the Universiteitsdbibliotheek Utrecht.

Each Dutch organization that aims to become an officially recognized CLARIN Centre or CLARIN Data Provider can contact the CLARIN-NL Office.

Contact Details

Full CLARIN Centres


Coordination: Jan Theo Bakker
Technical Matters:

Jan Theo Bakker

Postal Address: Matthias de Vrieshof 2-3, 2311 BZ Leiden, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 71 5141648
Fax: +31 71 5272115
E-mail: Jan Theo Bakker

Meertens Instituut

Coordination: Marc Kemps-Snijders
Technical Matters: Jan Pieter Kunst
Postal Address: Postbus 94264, 1090 GG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 4628500
Fax: +31 20 462 85 55
E-mail: Marc Kemps Snijders
Jan Pieter Kunst


Name: Paul Trilsbeek
Postal Address: PO Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 24 3521203
Fax: +31 24 3521213
E-mail: Paul Trilsbeek


Name: Chris Baars
Postal Address: P.O Box 93067 2509 AB Den Haag, The Netherlands

+31 6 23 38 06 22

Fax: +31 70 3446482

Chris Baars

Huygens ING

Name: Gertjan Filarski
Postal Address: P.O Box 90754 2509 LT Den Haag, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 331 58 00
Fax: +31 70 385 4098
E-mail: Gertjan Filarski

CLARIN Data Providers

Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid

Name: Johan Oomen
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1060 1200 BB Hilversum, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 35 677 5555
Fax: +31 35 677 3307
E-mail: Johan Oomen

Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Name: Henk Matthezing
Postal Address: P.O. box 90407 2509 LK Den Haag, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 3140687
Fax: +31 70 3140652
E-mail: Henk Matthezing


Name: Cees Clapwijk
Postal Address: P.O. box 78 2300 AB Leiden
Tel: +31 71 5121216

Cees Clapwijk