ISL Meeting Speech Part 1

Item Name: ISL Meeting Speech Part 1
Authors: Susanne Burger, Victoria MacLaren, and Alex Waibel
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2004S05
ISBN: 1-58563-294-5
Release Date: May 21, 2004
Data Type: speech
Sample Rate: 16000 Hz
Sampling Format: pcm
Data Source(s): microphone conversation
Project(s): GENOA, JANUS, ROAR
Application(s): meeting summarization, speaker identification, speech recognition
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
Distribution: 2 DVD
Member fee: $0 for 2004 members
Non-member Fee: US $1500.00
Reduced-License Fee: US $750.00
Extra-Copy Fee: US $400.00
Non-member License: yes
Online documentation: yes
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Susanne Burger, Victoria MacLaren, and Alex Waibel
ISL Meeting Speech Part 1
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia


ISL Meeting Speech Part 1 was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2004S05 and ISBN 1-58563-294-5.

The ISL Meeting Speech Part 1 is a first subset of the ISL Meeting Corpus (112 meetings). It contains 18 meetings collected at the Interactive Systems Laboratories at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA during the years 2000-2001. The recorded meetings were either natural meetings where participants needed to meet in the real world, or artificial meetings, which were designed explicitly for the purposes of data collection but still had real topics and tasks. The duration of the meetings in this corpus ranges from eight to 64 minutes and averages at 34 minutes. Word-level orthographic transcriptions are available as ISL Meeting Transcripts Part 1. The transcriptions are available as ISL Meeting Transcripts Part 1.


The collection includes 105 speech files, for a total of approximately 10 hours of meeting speech. The speech for each meeting consists of wave files for each channel and a wave file containing a mix of all channels.

The audio was collected at a 16 kHz sample-rate. Audio files for each meeting are provided as separate time-synchronous recordings for each channel, encoded as 16-bit (little-endian) wave files.

During meeting recordings, each speaker wore an individual lapel microphone and was recorded via an Alesis 8-channel mix board and an ECHO Layla 8-channel sound card. This setup was designed to obtain a consumer- or application-style sound quality. All meetings were recorded in the same instrumented meeting area.

For an example transcript, please click here.

There are a total of 31 unique speakers in the corpus. Meetings involved anywhere from three to nine participants, averaging at five. The corpus contains a significant proportion of non-native English speakers, varying in fluency.


The collection and preparation of this corpus was made possible in large part through funding from DARPA, both through the GENOA project and through ROAR.


Additional information, updates, bug fixes may be avaibale on the ISL Meeting Room project page.

Content Copyright

Portions 2000-2003 Interactive Systems Laboratories, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 2004 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania