Accessing the spoken word

Jerry Goldman, Steve Renals, Steven Bird, Franciska de Jong, Marcello Federico, Carl Fleischhauer, Mark Kornbluh, Lori Lamel, Douglas W Oard, Claire Stewart, Richard Wright

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Spoken-word audio collections cover many domains, including radio and television broadcasts, oral narratives, governmental proceedings, lectures, and telephone conversations. The collection, access, and preservation of such data is stimulated by political, economic, cultural, and educational needs. This paper outlines the major issues in the field, reviews the current state of technology, examines the rapidly changing policy issues relating to privacy and copyright, and presents issues relating to the collection and preservation of spoken audio content .
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-298
JournalInternational Journal on Digital Libraries
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Spoken document retrieval
  • Content annotation
  • Speech technology
  • Copyright
  • Preservation


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