World-class research facilities for linguistics at UZH
The Zurich Center for Linguistics (LiZZ - Linguistik Zentrum Zürich), the Language and Space University Research Priority Program (URPP Language and Space), and associated laboratories and institutes at UZH have been jointly granted funds for a significant upgrade of their facilities for research. The Linguistic Reserach Infrastructure (LiRI) project will enable internationally significant research in linguistics, putting Switzerland at the forefront of experimental and Big Data based research.
The LiRI project will improve both laboratory facilities for linguistic research (and related research fields) and technical infrastructure for the analysis of language and speech. The project will harness the latest data science developments to greatly increase data storage, processing and analysis capabilities. It will also enable the collection of naturalistic data in a methodologically rigorous fashion previously only possible in laboratory settings.
The LiRI facilities will be available to all researchers working with language data. When fully operational, it will serve as a national platform for linguistics data storage/processing/science, uniting as many linguistic data resource types as possible in one data center.
Timeline and plans
The LiRI project has been in development since 2017 and will continue to evolve and grow in coming years. It will expand its stock of devices and advertise new positions as funding permits. At the same time, it will initiate collaborative research projects and establish long-term partnerships between LiRI and external teams.
|2024-||LiRI is fully operational|
|2023||Evaluation of LiRI|
|Autumn 2021||LiRI lab officially begins operations with a launch event (24 September) at Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich|
|Mid 2020||LiRI information system services are available; several portable LiRI devices are available on loan; LiRI staff expands|
|01.08.2020||LiRI staff members move into the office AND 2.76 at Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich|
|Official start of LiRI project at UZH|
|2020-2023||LiRI implementation phase with continuous development of services|
LiRI is recognized as a Technology Platform
LiRI information event for partners, supporters and potential users (see documentation)
|17.04.2019||LiRI is officially integrated into the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2021-2024|
|09.10.2018||LiRI is approved by the Executive Board of the UZH|
|2017-2020||LiRI preparation phase|