What's New:

There’s still time to save on 2016 membership fees. Now through March 1, all organizations  receive a 5% discount when they join for MY2016. MY2015 members are eligible for an additional 5% off the fee when they renew by March 1. 

Don’t miss this savings opportunity. Secure your membership today for access to new corpora as well as discounts on our catalog of over 600 holdings. 2016 publications include the following:

  • Arabic and Chinese treebanks BOLT: all phases, languages, genres, tasks
  • DEFT: Spanish and Chinese resources
  • IARPA Babel multilingual language packs
  • GALE Phase 3 and 4 data: all tasks and languages
  • HAVIC: amateur video and transcripts
  • NewSoMe Corpus of Opinion in Blogs:  annotated English and Spanish blogs

To join, create or sign into your LDC user account, select your preferred membership type from the Catalog, add the item to your bin and follow the check-out process. The Membership Office will apply any discounts. Alternatively, if you have already received a renewal invoice from LDC, you can simply pay against that.

For more information on the benefits of membership, visit Join LDC

The first workshop on novel incentives in linguistic data collection will take place on May 28, 2016 in conjunction with the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC2016) in Portoroz, Slovenia.

Novel Incentives for Collecting Linguistic Data and Annotation from People, opens the discussion on incentives in data collection describing novel approaches and comparing traditional monetary incentives.

The workshop is accepting papers through February 15, 2016. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

LDC’s new web pages about data management plans (DMPs) describe the Consortium’s capabilities to develop and implement project specific proposals. To satisfy requirements from funders like the National Science Foundation (NSF) that researchers deposit data in an accessible, trustworthy repository, LDC provides archiving services and makes data publicly available at a reasonable cost while protecting intellectual property rights and privacy concerns.

Browse the new pages to learn more about the advantages of data center distribution, the details of NSF DMP requirements and the infrastructures and processes LDC has in place for storing and distributing resources over the long-term. 

 

We've revamped our user services to make it easier than ever to access LDC data. Now you can become an LDC member, request corpora, sign agreements and submit payment online directly from your LDC user account.

You’ll receive email notifications of key points in the transaction, when for instance, an order is created, agreements are signed, payment is received and data is shipped. You can also track the status of a transaction from your user account. 

Visit the new Managing Your LDC Account page to learn more about user accounts and their privileges and the steps for online transactions.

As always, thanks to our members, sponsors, collaborators and licensees for your continued support.

Podcasts from the complete set of staff interviews conducted as part of LDC's 20th Anniversary can be accessed from the LDC Blog. Hear what long-time staffers had to say about their experiences at LDC.

Christopher Cieri, Executive Director -- Chris reflects on the road that brought him to LDC, some of his early responsibilities and Consortium activities. 

Mohamed Maamouri, Senior Researcher -- Mohamed recounts his personal and professional experiences and comments on Arabic resource development at LDC.

David Graff, Lead Programmer -- Dave was one of LDC's first staff members and offers some insights on LDC's early days.

Yiwola Awoyale, Moussa Bamba, Researchers -- Yiwola and Moussa discuss how they came to LDC, their work on West African langauges and how it benefits multiple communities.

Natalia Bragilveskaya, Business Manager; Ilya Ahtaridis, Membership Coordinator; Marian Reed, Marketing Coordinator -- Natalia, Ilya and Marian recall the early days of LDC and the development of its interactions with the University of Pennsylvania, sponsors, members, licensees and collaborators.