This page explains the principles involved in securing IRB permission for data sharing. If you already have this clearance and are ready to contribute your data to TalkBank (CHILDES, AphasiaBank, SLABank, etc.), you should follow these instructions on how to actually submit your data.

IRB Principles: TalkBank members who are interested in contributing their data need to make sure that they obtain IRB approval for their study, along with informed consent from individual participants. There are no standard forms for IRB applications, since every University or Institute creates their own forms, procedures, and templates. For the purposes of contributing to TalkBank, the important thing is to select the appropriate level of access to the data that participants are being asked to grant. To help you determine this, we have created an OPTIONS summary for the 9 options that are available. We would recommend that you ask participants to permit unrestricted access with pseudonymization of the transcripts (Options 1 and 2). You should include on your form the fact that participants always have the right to request that parts or all of the data in which they participate be removed from TalkBank at any time.

Contributions to CHILDES and PhonBank: Although each University and project will have different requirements, contributors often ask for a generic contribution template form, so here is a sample CHILDES/PhonBank consent form based roughly on the local format at CMU.

Contributing audio: Researchers often ask about whether they need to request additional IRB approval for contributing audio data. The concern is that audio data may be less confidential than transcript data. However, as long as identifying material is removed from both transcripts and audio, they do not present additional confidentiality issues. To do this properly, it is important to replace any last names in the transcripts with the word "Lastname" with a capital L. Also addresses or local city names should be replaced with "Address" with a capital A. These same English words should be used even in other languages. It is not crucial to replace children's first names unless they are very unique. For audio deidentfication, we can then use the occurrences of the terms Lastname and Address in the transcripts to guide the removal of the names and addresses from the corresponding segment in the audio track using the SILENCE program in CLAN or hand silencing in Amadeus Pro. Once this is done, children and others can only be identified by people who already know them. Because of this, contribution of audio is equivalent in IRB terms to contribution of transcripts.

Contributions to AphasiaBank: Research with subjects with disabilities requires additional access restriction, such as password protection. It may also require more complete IRB documentation. In this regard, researchers working with the AphasiaBank protocol will find these additional IRB materials useful:

  1. A generic informed consent form in the CMU format.
  2. Approved AphasiaBank consent forms from CMU and Emerson.
  3. An informed consent form approved at Kansas (Susan Jackson) for Mandarin speakers in the AphasiaBank project.
  4. An approved full IRB AphasiaBank application from the University of South Florida.
  5. An approved full IRB AphasiaBank application from the University of Kansas and related documents:
  6. Four picture-based consent forms for people with aphasia: a very simple one, one from USF, one from the Adler Center, and one specifically for use with the Famous People Protocol.