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.
First, you should join as a HomeBank member. This process is described here.
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.
Transfer these materials to use by following these steps:
Thank you again for your interest in contributing to HomeBank! Please don't hesitate to contact us at
email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
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.
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.