Posted on 14 September 2011 at 06:23 GMT by Korin Richmond
Following presentation at ISCA's "Interspeech 2011" conference in
Florence, Italy, the http://www.mngu0.org website has now
been activated. Users may now register, and then download the articulatory speech data
and associated software tools.
The mngu0 corpus is a set of articulatory data of
different forms (EMA, MRI, video, 3D scans of upper/lower jaw, audio
etc.) acquired from one speaker. The purpose of the dedicated web forum two-fold. First, it is
obviously to distribute the raw data itself. But, second (and at
least as important!), the aim is to provide a forum and repository for
all research work that uses this data. All researchers who want to
use the data must register with the website first. This is just the
beginning though in keeping track of who is using the data for what.
All those who use the data are strongly encouraged to contribute back
to the forum. For example, if they publish work using the data, we
offer to host a copy or link to that work. If a novel data processing
method is developed, we will gladly host a new version of the data.
Ultimately, I want to make this data available to allow as many
people as possible to undertake experiments with articulatory data,
and in such as way that anybody and everybody can use exactly
the same data in their experiments. Hopefully, this will make
it easier to compare methods directly, and prove illuminating in time!