December 2014 Newsletter

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Corpora

Benchmarks for Open Relation Extractions

Fisher and CALLHOME Spanish--English Speech Translation

GALE Phase 3 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Speech Part 1

GALE Phase 3 Chinese Broadcast Conversation Transcripts Part 1



Renew your LDC membership today

Membership Year 2015 (MY2015) discounts are available for those who keep their membership current and  join early in the year. Check here for further information including our planned publications for MY2015.

Now is also a good time to consider joining LDC for the current and open membership years, MY2014 and MY2013. MY2014 offers members an impressive 37 publications which include UN speech data, 2009 NIST LRE test set, 2007 ACE multilingual data, and multi-channel WSJ audio. MY2013  remains open through the end of the 2014 calendar year and its publications include Mixer 6 speech, Greybeard, UN parallel text and CSC Deceptive Speech as well as updates to Chinese Treebank and Chinese Proposition Bank. For full descriptions of these data sets, visit our Catalog.


Spring 2015 LDC Data Scholarship Program - deadline approaching

The deadline for the Spring 2015 LDC Data Scholarship Program is right around the corner! Student applications are being accepted now through January 15, 2015, 11:59PM EST. The LDC Data Scholarship program provides university students with access to LDC data at no cost. This program is open to students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies in an accredited college or university. LDC Data Scholarships are not restricted to any particular field of study; however, students must demonstrate a well-developed research agenda and a bona fide inability to pay.

Students will need to complete an application which consists of a data use proposal and letter of support from their adviser. For further information on application materials and program rules, please visit the LDC Data Scholarship page.

Students can email their applications to the LDC Data Scholarships program. Decisions will be sent by email from the same address.

Reduced fees for Treebank-2 and Treebank-3

Treebank-2 (LDC95T7) and Treebank-3 (LDC99T42) are now available to non-members at reduced fees, US$1500 for Treebank-2 and US$1700 for Treebank-3, reductions of 52% and 47%, respectively.

LDC to close for Winter Break

LDC will be closed from December 25, 2014 through January 2, 2015 in accordance with the University of Pennsylvania Winter Break Policy. Our offices will reopen on January 5, 2015. Requests received for membership renewals and corpora during the Winter Break will be processed at that time.

Best wishes for a relaxing holiday season!