ACO*HUM Advanced Computing in the Humanities

ACO*HUM fourth year dissemination extension, 1999-2000

Coordinator: Universitetet i Bergen, Norge (Norway)
Financial agreement nr. D26030-CP-1-99-1-NO-ERASMUS-ETN

This page contains internal information for the network project partners.


The special extension of the ACO*HUM project in 1999-2000 was approved with a grant of EUR 43000 for the EU and EEA countries and EUR 800 for the associated countries (CZ). The contractual period was November 1, 1999 and the end date was October 31, 2000.

The report was delivered to the European Commission in the fall of 2000.


This extension has not been a simple continuation of activities planned at the outset of the ACO*HUM project and carried out during the regular 3-year project period (1996-1999).  The fourth year has been a special extension with activities aimed at dissemination and exploitation of results obtained earlier. This has had consequences for the partnership and the mode of operation. The following are main tasks and sites:

Tasks for TS&HC working group

Tasks for CL&LE and NEL working groups


Following our project application, the active partnership is strongly reduced this year in comparison with the years before. The new active partnership consists primarily of the institutions and associations actively involved in working groups which obtained clear results earlier and have formulated clear aims for the extension proposal, i.e.:
  1. Computational Linguistics & Language Engineering
  2. Textual Scholarship & Humanities Computing, and
  3. Computing for Non-European Languages.
We wish to have a partnership which actively participates in meetings and implementation of results.

Therefore, if you wish to be a partner, please check your partner status in the new partner list.  Check the information for your institution and you as their contact person.  If you are not a partner and would like to become one, or if any adjustment is needed, please get in touch.


The grant from the EC is in accordance with the budget and will allow us to reimburse travel expenses for all partners' participation at meetings.  It will, however, not pay for teaching staff time, which must be contributed by the partner institutions themselves.

In order for you to be eligible and  receive payments for expenses, we must have an official statement of commitment from your institution which indicates how much staff time they will contribute and what the equivalent cost is.

Therefore, if you wish to be a partner, check your personnel cost on the continuously updated budget for personnel costs.  If according to this page you have not yet sent us a written commitment with accurate financial details of your staff time and costs in the project, or if any adjustment is needed, please send us a letter (see model below).


Send all correspondence to

Letter of commitment (model)

If your university has not already sent a letter like the one below (check here), please arrange for a letter to be sent at your earliest convencience.  The letter can be signed by your head of department.
University of Bergen, HIT-centre
Allégaten 27 
5007 Bergen, Norway 

Hereby we confirm that [full official university name] intends to participate in the ACO*HUM project during the project year 1999-2000.  As a partner, we will contribute staff efforts.  We will also be able to receive refunds for certain eligible expenses such as travel to meetings planned by the project coordinator at the University of Bergen.

The work planned at our institution will be executed by [one or more persons and email].  The main contact person for our institution will be [one name and email].

These persons will on behalf of our institution contribute [minimum 10] working days to the project.  The labour cost per working day will be EUR [amount in Euro], consisting only of salary and social expenses for the academic staff mentioned above; this can be verified in our institution's accounts in case of an audit.

Sincerely yours,

[place, date, name, function]
[signature and stamp]

Important note:  How to compute the labour cost per day?

  1. Ask your university what it costs them to employ you for a year, in Euro.  This number is not the salary that you get, but it is what they must pay to provide you with that salary; this sum may for instance also include substantial social security charges which your employer directly pays for you to social security funds.  The rates used must be traceable in the accounts of your institution in case of an audit and may not include any overheads unrelated to your salary.
  2. Find out how many days per year you actually work.  If you work full-time, the number should be around 200.
  3. Divided the yearly cost (step 1) by the number of working days (step 2).