January 2012 Newsletter

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Corpora

2006 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation Test Set Part 2 

TORGO Database of Dysarthric Articulation 


LDC Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

2012 marks LDC’s  20th Anniversary year – officially on April 15 – but this is cause for a yearlong celebration! From our founding in 1992 as a data repository and language resource distribution center, our online catalog has grown to include over 500 databases in 60 languages that  have been licensed by over 3000 organizations from 80 different nations. This data has been made available through donations, funded projects at LDC or elsewhere, community initiatives, and from LDC resources, an indication of the collective strength of this consortium. And, LDC has evolved from an organization that shares language resources to one that also is at the forefront of language technology research that includes the development of new data resources, software tools, and standards and best practices.

As we celebrate throughout the year, look for announcements and special features in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.

2012 LDC Survey – Be on the Lookout

It’s been four years since our last survey of LDC members and data licensees and we would like to again ask you to share your views on LDC and its language resources as well as your thoughts about data distribution in general and the impact of social media on language-related research and technology development. These topics are particularly timely as LDC enters its 20th anniversary year.

The 2012 LDC Survey will be sent to every person and organization that licensed LDC data and/or joined LDC as a Member during the period from 2009 through 2011. Those who complete the survey on or before February 7, 2012 will make their organization eligible for a $500 benefit to be applied to any corpus or membership purchase in 2012. LDC will conduct a blind drawing and one lucky winner will be chosen from the pool of respondents.

Many thanks for your continued support and for your participation in the 2012 Survey!

Membership Discounts for MY 2012 Still Available

If you are considering joining for Membership Year 2012 (MY2012), there is still time to save on membership fees. Any organization which joins or renews membership for 2012 through Thursday, March 1, 2012, is entitled to a 5% discount on membership fees. Organizations which held membership for MY2011 can receive a 10% discount on fees provided they renew prior to March 1, 2012. For further information on pricing, please consult our Announcements page or contact LDC.