Audio-video recorded and transcribed corpora of spoken language in interaction are compiled and used by a diversity of disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities. They are particularly complex and offer several challenges when it comes to practices that generate Open Research Data (ORD). This project, funded by the jointly organised Swiss Open Research Data Grants (CHORD) of swissuniversities and the ETH Domain, aims at identifying the conditions that must be fulfilled in order to prepare and treat audio-video corpora of spoken language in interaction as ORD in a meaningful way.
On the basis of experiences and expertise in the fields of Interactional Linguistics, Conversation Analysis and dialogue-oriented Argumentation Studies, the project members from the Università della Svizzera italiana, Universität Basel, Université de Lausanne and Université de Neuchâtel describe, analyse and assess existing ORD practices related to audio-video interactional data. They explore possibilities of improvement with a particular focus on a) researchers’ data-sharing skills related to corpora of spoken language in interaction and b) the Swiss situation. The project members conduct a theoretical reflection on the challenges that these data raise with regard to ORD and on what this example reveals more generally about ORD practices as socio-technological practices in the scientific domain. They engage with the concerned disciplines and communities in a series of workshops and evaluate procedures to disseminate relevant knowledge in these communities.