The Linguistic Research Infrastructure (LiRI), hosted at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, provides technical and practical support for research projects in the field of linguistics, language sciences and language-related disciplines at the University of Zurich and beyond. LiRI services fall into three main categories:
Data acquisition: The LiRI lab has equipment and software for generating and collecting linguistic research data. The facilities can be used by scientists or other users interested in natural language data (i.e. audiovisual, textual and speech data), and by language researchers working on experimental data (e.g. eye-tracking, electroencephalographic, behavioral). The lab will be located at Zurich Nord, Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 (completion expected summer 2021). Some of the research equipment is suitable for use in the field and is available on loan.
Data management: LiRI can set up and manage customized virtual machine (VM) servers for the purposes of processing, analysis, storage and backup of linguistic research data. These VM servers are part of the ScienceCloud environment of the University of Zurich and are accessible both within the UZH network and world wide. Additional software can be installed for specific research requirements. Server access can be customized so that, for example, data is available to a particular research group or specific users only. These data management services are not limited to researchers using the LiRI facilities to collect their data. Language scientists who wish to analyze and temporarily store their self-collected data can also use the LiRI server infrastructure. From mid 2021 onwards, publication-ready data can be directly ingested from LiRI into the SWISSUBase infrastructure, a Swiss national center for research data. The data is then available to international research infrastructures such as CLARIN.
Collaboration and support: The Linguistic Ressearch Infrastructure offers technical and methodological assistance to researchers on how best to collect, process and analyze the linguistic data they require. A project's infrastructure needs can be discussed in an initial, free of charge consultation. Depending on the complexity of the project, support could range from occasional guidance to the LiRI managing all data acquisition and processing. LiRI staff members can also advise on project budgets and data management plans.