CLARIN ERIC is an ESFRI initiative, one of EU's ERICs – CLARIN stands for “Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure” and ERIC stands for “European Research Infrastructure Consortium”. CLARIN ERIC operates according to statutes that have been approved by the European Commission.
The main goal of CLARIN ERIC is that all digital language resources and tools from all over Europe and beyond are accessible through a single sign-on online environment to support researchers in the humanities and social sciences, and for use within language technology.
CLARIN ERIC aims to provide easy and sustainable access to digital language data (in written, spoken, video or multimodal form), and advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine them, wherever they are located.
Iceland became an observer in CLARIN ERIC on November 1, 2018. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has assigned The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies the role of leading partner in the Icelandic National Consortium and appointed Professor Emeritus Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson as National Coordinator.
The Árni Magnússon Institute will establish a Service Providing Centre (CLARIN B-Centre) which will provide both service and access to resources and knowledge. Most of the relevant institutions have confirmed their participation in the National Consortium.