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Dr. Rosemary Orr (Data Prize finalist 2016) passed away

Dr. Rosemary Orr (Data Prize finalist 2016) passed away

23 November 2016

Sad news, on November 15th Dr. Rosemary Orr lost her battle with cancer.
Rosemary Orr was a senior lecturer at University College Utrecht.  Her primary current research activity was in the area of accents. She was running the UCU Accent Project, examining accent convergence in non-native English, as well as being on the scientific team for the Sprekend Nederland project. She taught courses at all levels in the curriculum covering general linguistics, speech perception and production, categorical perception and speech intelligibility.

Research Data Netherlands and Orr crossed paths via the Dutch Data Prize 2016. Orr and her colleague Hugo Quené nominated the UCU Accent project (LUCEA) and even gained a place in the final. The data was collected to investigate phonetic convergence in English in a multilingual environment.
According to the Data Prize jury the LUCEA-data was special because of the the longitudinal nature of the research and added rich metadata. Quote from the jury report: "The link to the research agenda is exemplary. The data is very suitable for phonetic and speaker recognition research. Moreover, there are ample opportunities for various forms of re-use as secondary data. LUCEA is also suitable as illustrations in teaching aimed at dealing with large data collections. The potential for use / reuse / repurposing in the international context is great."

We wish the relatives of Rosemary lots of strength in coping with this loss.