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n 2009 we created the D64 corpus, a multi-modal corpus which consists of roughly eight hours of natural, non-directed spontaneous interaction in an informal setting. Five participants feature in the recordings and their conversations were captured by microphones (room, body mounted and head mounted), video cameras and a motion capture system. The large amount of video, audio and motion capture material made it necessary to structure and make available the corpus in such a way that it is easy to browse and query for various types of data that we term primary, secondary and tertiary. While users are able to make simple and highly structured searches, we discuss the use of conversational hotspots as a method of searching the data for key events in the corpus; thus enabling a user to obtain a broad overview of the data. In this paper we present an approach to structuring and presenting a multi-modal corpus based on our experience with the D64 corpus that is accessible over the web, incorporates an interactive front-end and is open to all interested researchers and students
Oertel, C. et al. (2011) Using Hotspots as a Novel Method for Accessing Key Events in a Large Multi-Modal Corpus. New Tools and Methods for Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research Conference, University of Pennsylvania, United States of American, January 28-31.