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LDC is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Spring 2014 LDC Data Scholarship program! This program provides university students with access to LDC data at no-cost. Students were asked to complete an application which consisted of a proposal describing their intended use of the data, as well as a letter of support from their thesis adviser. We received many solid applications and have chosen two proposals to support. The following students will receive no-cost copies of LDC data:
- Skye Anderson ~ Tulane University (USA), BA candidate, Linguistics. Skye has been awarded a copy of LDC Standard Arabic Morphological Analyzer (SAMA) Version 3.1 for her work in author profiling.
- Hao Liu ~ University College London (UK), PhD candidate, Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences. Hao has been awarded a copy of Switchboard-1 Release 2, and NXT Switchboard Annotations for his work in prosody modeling.
LDC's Catalog received another 5-star rating from the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC) for 2013. OLAC determines star ratings based on the number of archives with fresh catalogs (that is, updated within the last 12 months) and the number of archives with five-star metadata (that is, fully conforming to best practices as agreed upon by the community without known data integrity problems). LDC routinely receives 5-star ratings for its Catalog metadata.
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.
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.