, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 41-73,
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Date: 12 Dec 2007

Validation of spoken language resources: an overview of basic aspects


Spoken language resources (SLRs) are essential for both research and application development. In this article we clarify the concept of SLR validation. We define validation and how it differs from evaluation. Further, relevant principles of SLR validation are outlined. We argue that the best way to validate SLRs is to implement validation throughout SLR production and have it carried out by an external and experienced institute. We address which tasks should be carried out by the validation institute, and which not. Further, we list the basic issues that validation criteria for SLR should address. A standard validation protocol is shown, illustrating how validation can prove its value throughout the production phase in terms of pre-validation, full validation and pre-release validation.