South African Centre for Digital Language call for proposals

12 Jan 2018 - 10:00

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a new research infrastructure set up by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) as part of the new South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR). This centre focuses on the digitisation of language resources, and the high-level training of scholars in methodological aspects related to the use of digital language resources in research and development endeavours.

In order to achieve these aims, SADiLaR runs:

  •  a digitisation program, which entails the systematic acquisition, creation, enhancement, management, and distribution of digital text, speech, and multi-modal resources related to all the official languages of South Africa. Furthermore, SADiLaR also supports the development of natural language processing resources, both software and data, for research and development purposes; and
  • a Digital Humanities programme, which facilitates research capacity-building by promoting and supporting the use of digital data and innovative methodological approaches within the Humanities and Social Sciences (see

This call aims to support the development of digital language resources for South African languages; promote research activities and outputs within digital humanities or language technology; promote research in language topics within the methodological commons of digital humanities and further capacity building initiatives such as workshops or summer or winter schools.

Submissions open 31 January 2018. For more information download the call here.