The initiators of this website are a group of experts interested in speech data with very different backgrounds - oral history, computational linguistics, anthropology, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology. We all have an interest in exploring how technology can be integrated into research that involves spoken narratives.

This may vary from very basic technologies, such as the conversion of recorded speech from analogue to digital, or more elaborate ones, such as ASR applied to automatically generate transcripts of the spoken content.

We first offer basic information about the epistemological focus of research domains that deal with speech data. This is followed by an explanation of relevant technologies and related tools that researchers can use. We then share our knowledge in the sections Workshops, showcases and publications.

Last but not least, you can access the first concrete result of our efforts: The TranscriptionPortal, a beta version of an open source service for automatic transcription in English, German, Dutch and Italian.