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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 21:00:03 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 532.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (74)

[2] From: Lorna Hughes <lorna.hughes@nyu.edu> (70)
Subject: Talk at NYU: Networking Cultural Heritage in a New
Era--Fri., Jan. 30 at 2 pm

[3] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (7)
Subject: Call for Papers, 1998 MLA

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 17:36:56 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>

>> From: info-elra@calva.net (Valerie Mapelli)

ELRA News=20


Paris, France -- The European Language Re-sources Association, the central
distribution unit for Language Resources in Europe, today presents a special
announcement on resources in speech recognition. As of today, the
association can offer as many as 70 databases in the area of Spoken
resources. The Language Resources available for Speech and Speech
Recognition are illustrated below.

*Speech Recognition for Telephone Applications*

American English: Siemens VoiceMail: 921 American speakers recorded 25,000
utterances over the digital telephone network.
Danish: Danish SpeechDat(M) database: 1,523 speakers.
Dutch: Dutch Polyphone database: Read & spon-taneous speech over the
telephone from 5,050 Dutch speakers.
English: English SpeechDat(M) database: 1,000 speakers over digital
telephone lines.
French: FRESCO: 1,000 speakers over the tele-phone in France.
German: German SpeechDat(M) database: 1,000 speakers.
SieTill (Siemens Tillman): 730 speakers and 36,000 utterances (digit
sequences, dates, spelled names, ...).
Italian: COLLECT: 500 Italian speakers uttered the 10 Italian digits and 5
command words.
Swiss-French: Swiss-French SpeechDat(M) polyphone database: 5,000 speakers
answered 10 questions and read 28 items.

*Microphone-Based Databases*

Dutch: GRONINGEN: Over 20 hours of Dutch read speech material from 238 sp=
English: TED (Translanguage English Database.): 188 oral presentations in
English given at Eurospeech'93 in Berlin.
TEDPhone: Polyphone/SpeechDat-like recordings of 64 speakers in English and
in their native language.
French: BREF-80: Training data of 5,330 sen-tences read by 80 French speakers.
BREF-POLYGLOT: training data of 3,193 sen-tences read by 6 French speakers.
German: PHONDAT 1: Read speech from 201 German speakers who read 450
different sentences each.
PHONDAT 2: 200 different sentences from a train inquiry task read by 16
German speakers.
SIEMENS 100: 100 sentences from the German newspaper S=FCdDeutsch Zeitungen
and read by 101 speakers.
SIEMENS 1000: 1,000 sentences from the German newspaper S=FCdDeutsch Zeitungen
and read by 10 speakers.
VERBMOBIL: German spontaneous speech data-bases recorded in a dialogue task.
Italian: Apasci: 100 speakers with 16,090 utter-ances and digits, 58,924
words and 641 minutes of speech.
EUROM1i: Over 60 speakers who pronounced numbers, sentences, isolated words
using close talking microphone.

*Speaker Verification/Identification*

English: COST232 - Multi-English database: 797 calls received in Italy and
in the UK.
POLYCOST: Over 100 speakers with ca. 10 call sessions per speaker (English
spoken by foreigners).
German: PolyVar: 143 speakers with 3600 recor-ded sessions.
SpeechDat Speaker Verification database: Sub-set of PolyVar with 20 speakers
who recorded 50 ses-sions.
Multilingual: M2VTS: Multilingual database using multimodal identification
of human faces (speech & image).

The European Languages Resources Association, funded in Luxembourg in 1995,
provides the infra-structure for identifying, collecting, classifying,
validating, distributing, and exploiting language resources. Such resources
include both speech and text, terminology and software tools.

More details on these and all other ELRA databases can be found on the ELRA
Web-site: http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA/home

Contact: ELRA/ELDA, 87 Avenue d'Italie, 75011 Paris, France, Tel +33-1-45 86
53 00, E-mail: elra@calvanet.calvacom.fr

Valerie Mapelli Tel: +33 1 45 86 53 00
ELRA/ELDA Fax: +33 1 45 86 44 88
87, Avenue d'Italie E-mail: info-elra@calva.net
75013 PARIS http://www.icp.grenet.fr/ELRA

GRANADA, SPAIN, 28-30 MAY 1998


Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 11:54:28 -0400
From: Lorna Hughes <lorna.hughes@nyu.edu>
Subject: Talk at NYU: Networking Cultural Heritage in a New Era--Fri., Jan. 30 at 2 pm


Issues and Strategies for a New Era


A special presentation in a New York University
series of colloquia on uses of
computers and communications,
to be given by

Director, National Initiative
for a Networked Cultural Heritage

at 2 p.m.

Room 109 Warren Weaver Hall,
251 Mercer St. at West 4th ST.


Global libraries, electronic archives, e-journals, hypertext, new media,
digital arts, Internet2: innovative technology is changing how and what we
teach, study, and create. For educators, scholars and practitioners in the
arts and humanities, a new digital era brings enormous opportunities and
critical challenges.

Arts, humanities and educational organizations across the country are
banding together to exchange ideas and technical know-how in a
multi-disciplinary collaboration. They share a vision of a globally linked
digital environment in which important new bodies of cultural resources are
readily created, accessed, and preserved.

Our speaker---a central figure in the National Initiative for a Networked
Cultural Heritage (NINCH)---will discuss that vision and some of the
technical, social and political issues that must be addressed before it can
be achieved. Dr. Green will describe NINCH projects in such areas as fair
use and copyright; techniques for networked scholarly collaborations in the
arts and humanities; and new ways in which humanists and computer
scientists in industry and academia can work together to develop truly
effective digital tools for the humanities.


NINCH at NYU: NINCH comprises some 60 organizations representing the arts,
museums, libraries and archives, and humanities faculty at universities
around the nation---including, most recently, NYU. The
University recently joined NINCH, and under this
institution-wide membership, NYU community members may participate in
NINCH-sponsored events, working groups, and debates, and form new
partnerships with scholars and artists in diverse disciplines around the


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Director of the new National Initiative for a Networked
Cultural Heritage (NINCH), David Green has worked with the contemporary
arts for the past decade and has a doctorate in American Studies from Brown

Most recently, as Director of Communications at the New York Foundation for
the Arts, Dr. Green was instrumental in the development of Arts Wire, the
nation's largest online network for the arts community. At the same time,
he also ran British Arts in New York, a program which fostered and promoted
British arts expression in New York City.


All are welcome. We hope you'll be able to join us. This colloquium is
by NYU's Academic Computing Facility (ACF); the Faculty of Arts and Science;
the Institute of Fine Arts; the Program for Archival Management (FAS);
Computer Advocacy @ NYU; and the Northeast Association for Computing in the
Humanities, with support from Apple Computer, Inc.


Lorna M. Hughes E-mail: Lorna.Hughes@NYU.EDU

Assistant Director for Humanities Computing Phone: (212) 998 3070
Academic Computing Facility Fax: (212) 995 4120
New York University
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185, USA

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 14:47:52 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Call for Papers, 1998 MLA

>> From: "Gina L. Greco" <bngg@odin.cc.pdx.edu>

The Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature will
organize a panel for the December 1998 MLA convention in San Francisco,
CA. We invite 500 word abstracts of papers that report on studies in
Language or Literature that make substantial and significant use of the
computer. Please submit abstracts electronically to:
Submission deadline is March 15, 1998.

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