HomeBank Contributing Data

HomeBank provides a way for researchers to share their daylong (or otherwise large) audio recordings of children's natural environments. This includes recordings made using the LENA system as well as recordings made using other recording methods.

If you are interested in contributing data to HomeBank, it is important to plan in advance how you will configure your informed consent form to permit inclusion in HomeBank. You can make use of this consent form (or similar) as explained here. In the consent form, participants will have the opportunity to indicate whether their recordings are shared only in the password-protected database or whether they may be shared publicly (after data have been vetted to remove particularly sensitive material). You can also place other restrictions on data usage as needed.

Contribution Process

  1. First, you should join as a HomeBank member. This process is described here.
  2. For LENA data, please organize your *.its and *.wav files into child-specific folders each named with a 4-item alphanumeric code for the given child, such as WB12, 0912, or 425X. Three-item codes are okay too.
  3. Transfer these materials to use by following these steps:
    • Connect to https://talkbank.wetransfer.com
    • You will have to check a box saying that you agree to their terms and conditions. You will only have to do this once.
    • In the box on the left, enter bmacwhinney@gmail.com as "email to".
    • Enter your email as "your email" and add a message, if you wish.
    • Then click the "Plus" icon in the upper right.
    • Drag the files you wish to transfer into the "Add Your Files" window or click the plus to locate them.
    • Click the "Transfer" button and watch the transfer going through. You can do other work on your computer during this time.
    • The WeTransferPlus facility then sends us an email advising us when the transfer is complete. Please only use WeTransfer and do not use Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive for file transfer.
  4. Once everything is in place, we will create a webpage for your corpus, along with a DOI number, and we will announce the addition of the new corpus to the DARCLE and HomeBank lists.
  5. Print out this contribution form, complete it, scan it, and email it to ljarold@andrew.cmu.edu.
  6. Submitted release forms are stored here

Thank you again for your interest in contributing to HomeBank! Please don't hesitate to contact us at 4homebank@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Additional Steps

  1. Once your corpus is place, we will be setting up a webpage such as this one. You can use this template to create that HTML page. You would just need to replace the various XXX fields with the necessary information. Note also that one field refers to a personal photo you could provide. We will generate information for the DOI field and links to your corpus. If you are unfamiliar with HTML, you can send us the necessary information and we can fill it in for you.
  2. You may also wish to provide demographic metadata about each participant in your corpus. For that, you can use this Excel spreadsheet template with this data key.
  3. If you did any special work on the *.cha files, such as coding or marking for audio scrubbing, please indicate that processing in an @Comment field in the header list. For this, you may wish to develop project-specific codes to keep track of this type of work.