Licences for corpora

The Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik grants licences for individual corpora to researchers within Germany. With the financial support of the German Research Foundation (Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the FID offers corpora provided by the European Language Resource Association (ELRA).

For the researchers the service is free of charge.

Conditions for the granting of a corpus licence

  • The researcher (professor, lecturer, assistant) is affiliated to an academic institution in Germany, i.e. a university or a university-independent research centre.
  • The researcher uses the provided corpus to explore a linguistically relevant research question.
  • The researcher uses the provided corpus only for research purposes in a non-for-profit academic environment (Terms of use).

Available corpora

Here you will find the up-to-date list of the available corpora.

By selecting an item from the list, you will get to a web form. Please use this form to request a corpus licence.

  • Funding

    Within the framework of the FID, the granting of corpus licences is a pilot project. The goal is to help linguists working in Germany gain access to commercial language resources. The provided licence allows download of the corpus and language engineering research activities.

    In cooperation with ELRA, a leading provider of multilingual corpora, the FID developed a licensing model based on a pay-per-use principle. In the current project phase, the FID tests this model on selected written corpora from the ELRA catalogue.

    With the financial support of the DFG, a special fund for corpus licence fees has been established. The FID manages the fund, processes the corpus requests and mediates between the researchers and the corpus provider.

  • Procedure

    1. The researcher selects a resource from the list of the available corpora and sends a request to the FID.
    2. The FID examines the request. It proves the academic affiliation of the researcher as well as the linguistic motivation of the research.
    3. The FID informs the researcher timely about the decision (approval or rejection).
    4. If approved, the request is forwarded to ELRA, i.e. the FID places an order with ELRA.
    5. ELRA contacts the researcher. Upon signing of the End-User Agreement, ELRA delivers the access details directly to the researcher.
    6. The researcher downloads the corpus directly from the ELRA server.
    7. After a successful download, the FID pays the licence fee.
  • General terms

    • The FID processes the requests in the order of their receipt. In the current project phase, only one request per person will be accepted.
    • The FID grants corpus licences only as long as there are sufficient financial means in the fund.
    • The FID reserves the right to change the offer without a special notice (e.g. the number of the available corpora).
    • The FID decides whether to grant a corpus licence or not. The FID reserves the right to consult independent reviewers when processing the requests.
    • There is no entitlement to the granting of a corpus licence.
    • The FID reserves the right to contact the users and request a feedback on their research results. This serves the internal documentation as well as the reporting to the DFG.