TalkBank Contributing

We expect that researchers will contribute corpora constructed with TalkBank programs and tools. It is the obligation of TalkBank and TalkBank users to assure that these contributions are properly acknowledged and cited and that the data are correctly stored and distributed.

To contribute a new data set:

  1. First, please send an email message to me (Brian MacWhinney) at macw@cmu.edu describing your contribution. For FluencyBank contributions, please write to both Brian MacWhinney and Nan Bernstein Ratner (nratner@umd.edu).
  2. Make sure that your contribution is in accord with your IRB Regulations and your desired Contribution Options .
  3. Please print out this contribution form and complete and sign it. If you can scan it, then you can include it in the upload. Otherwise, you can send it to me through postal mail to Brian MacWhinney, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.
  4. Please make sure that your CHAT files pass CLAN's CHECK program.
  5. Please combine your transcripts and documentation files into a single .zip file and send that file as an email attachment to macw@cmu.edu.
  6. Documentation should include a information for a web page like this one . You can use this template to create that HTML page. You just need to replace the various XXX fields with the necessary information.
  7. You may also wish to provide demographic metadata about each participant in your corpus. For that, you can use this spreadsheet template .
  8. Because audio and video files are larger, you will need to transfer them through WeTransfer, following these steps:
    • Connect to https://talkbank.wetransfer.com
    • You will have to check a box saying that you agree to their terms and conditions. You will only have to do this once.
    • In the box on the left, enter bmacwhinney@gmail.com as "email to".
    • Enter your email as "your email" and add a message, if you wish.
    • Then click the "Plus" icon in the upper right.
    • Drag the files you wish to transfer into the "Add Your Files" window or click the plus to locate them.
    • Click the "Transfer" button and watch the transfer going through. You can do other work on your computer during this time.
    • The WeTransferPlus facility then sends us an email advising us when the transfer is complete. Please only use WeTransfer and do not use Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive for file transfer.
  9. Once everything is in place, we will create a webpage for your corpus, along with a DOI number, and we will announce the addition of the new corpus to the info-childes list or the AphasiaBank list.
  10. If you need to cite your corpus, you can use the format in this example, as suggested by the APA manual: Bernstein Ratner, Nan. (1988). Bernstein-Ratner Corpus. (data file) Retrieved from https://childes.talkbank.org doi:10.21415/T5CC7X.
  11. We are all very thankful for the kindness and collegiality you are showing in contributing your hard-won data.

Guidelines for corpus documentation are given in section 4.5 of the CHAT manual.

Researchers interested in guidelines for creating a new longitudinal corpus may find this page of suggestions useful.