The Language Bank of Finland (Kielipankki) is working together with the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) and the Finnish State Development Company (Vake Oy) in the Donate Speech campaign (Lahjoita puhetta). Experts from Aalto University and the University of Turku have also participated in the project.
The goal is to gather 10000 hours of ordinary, casual Finnish speech that can be used for studying language as well as for developing technology and services that can be readily used in Finnish. In this project, particular attention has been paid in order to allow for both academic and commercial use of the material under given terms.
All variants of spoken Finnish are welcome, including the speech of second-language Finnish learners. As long as you speak some Finnish and can understand the Finnish information and instructions in the app, you can donate!
The speech material donated during the campaign will be stored in the Language Bank of Finland (Kielipankki), coordinated by the University of Helsinki.
The speech material can be redistributed to individual researchers, universities and research organizations or private companies that need it for studying language or artificial intelligence, for developing AI solutions or for higher education purposes related to the aforementioned areas.
The Language Bank of Finland will begin redistributing the speech data when a sufficient amount of material has been donated and when the appropriate application process is in place. For academic researchers, the use of the data will be free of charge, similarly to the rest of the services of the Language Bank of Finland. For commercial use, a fee will probably be charged in order to cover handling costs. Details about the pricing will be provided at a later stage.
You can find some examples of research topics in the Researcher of the Month archive of the Language Bank of Finland.
Please contact the email address lahjoita-puhetta (ATT) kielipankki.fi.