Satellite Workshop Description

An NSF supported satellite workshop on Archival Preparation will be held in conjunction with and immediately preceding the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) on January 7, 2016. NSF policy now stipulates that investigators are expected to make available to other researchers the primary data created or gathered under NSF grants. However, the metadata presently associated with archived data are often inadequate to permit data, (e.g. sound files), from related studies to be compared; without an agreed-upon coding protocol, there can be no effective sharing and comparison across speech corpora. Invited speakers will discuss specific coding conventions for such factors as socioeconomic and educational speaker demographics, and for language choice, stance and footing. Using appropriate metadata for these factors will facilitate sharing of corpora and research to determine how each factor impacts on language use.

NSF previously supported a workshop in which leading scholars discussed data protocols, obtaining ethics board approval for human subject research, and ensuring that the information gathered about human subject demographics, attitudes and the situations in which they were recorded provide enough scope and detail to permit meaningful comparison across studies, and thus encourage data sharing. Following that model, this workshop will extend the topics covered, and provide a training forum in which to develop protocols for sharable data that conform to the spirit of NSF policy. This award will also support the participation of students in the training and discussions.

The workshop will be held as a satellite event to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, January 7-10. The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 7 at 8:00 AM at the conference hotel.


Thursday, January 7, 2016, 8:00 AM


Salon 4



See web page for program or click here (.pdf).

Scholarship Application for Students

Students who are about to carry out their own fieldwork, or who have begun doing so, are eligible to apply for funding to help defray the extra costs of arriving early. Complete the application and submit it to [email protected] by November 2. When completing the form, students must emphasize and include documentation that they are conducting fieldwork or are about to do so.  In addition, there will be at least two other symposia during the LSA meeting which will be relevant to this question but will not overlap in coverage or in scheduling. 


Click here to register for the Workshop. 

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The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS #1549994), whose support is gratefully acknowledged.