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Description TalkBank provides transcripts, audio and video of communicative interactions for research in human and animal communication.The goal of TalkBank is to foster fundamental research in the study of human and animal communication. It will construct sample databases within each of the subfields studying communication. It will use these databases to advance the development of standards and tools for creating, sharing, searching, and commenting upon primary materials via networked computers.
Organisation Carnegie Mellon UniversityIn addition to preservation at Carnegie Mellon, all TalkBank materials are included in the Nijmegen Max-Planck archive at and the CLARIN archives. TalkBank is harvested by Online Language Archiving Community (OLAC) OAIS standards are implemented in terms of TalkBank policies for long term preservation, data migration, metadata creation, storage practices, documentation, legal responsibilities, and data access. Metadata regarding each file is constructed in accord with the CMDI standard at and is included in each archive
Type of service Storage facility
Legislation United States
Usage and appreciation This page has been accessed 917413 times since November 7, 2003 accessed on 20150602
Support organisation Support team can be contacted at

Stage in the research project After
Postion within the research process4. Preserving data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 3. Shared Research Domain, 4. Publication curation boundary, 5. Public Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases, 3. Processed data and data representations
Data curation1. Create or Receive, 2. Appraise & Select, 3. Ingest, 4. Preservation action, 5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie, Klasse 2 voor interne informatie [voor een beperkte groep]
Administrative information
Funding Current funding is from NIH Grants to CMU for CHILDES, PhonBank, and AphasiaBank.
Depositor agreement 
User agreement
Intellectual property
Data curation strategy
Target group
Faculty Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science
Primary target group Biology; Communication Science; Humanities; Humanities and Social Sciences; Life Sciences; Linguistics; Sensory and Behavioural Biology; Social Sciences; Social and Behavioural Sciences; Zoology

Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Availability Accessible after registration
Integrity Manuals for data quality
Confidentiality access only after registration
Accepted metadata formats OLAC standards
Accepted content types Audiovisual data; Images; Plain text; Software applications; Standard office documents; Structured text
Accepted preferred formats Researchers are expected to contribute corpora constructed with TalkBank programs and tools. It is the obligation of TalkBank to assure that these contributions are properly acknowledged and that the data are correctly stored and distributed.
Accepteerde file formats
Maximum size of deposits not known
Version management Yes
Quality control yes
Access requirements user registration
Tools / Interfaces for access API:
(Persistent) identifiers Handle
Long term guarantees
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories DSA certified
Preservation strategy
Storage No
Access none
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University Nonenot applicable ; all data in Nijmegen Max-Planck archive at and the CLARIN archives