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CAVA Repository

The CAVA (human Communication: an Audio-Visual Archive) Repository is a digital video repository to support the work of the international human communication research community.

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This resource enhances the discoverability and re-usability of expensively-created, specialist video content, for the benefit of the community of human communication researchers worldwide.

The CAVA repository houses data including 

  • young typically-developing children
  • children with hearing impairments
  • children with language impairments
  • people with aphasia
  • the British Sign Language Corpus

How to access data

In order to view any files, you will need to registerInformation on how to join can be found here. Please log in using the link below:


The CAVA repository is a collaboration between UCL Library Services and the Language and Cognition Research Department in the Division of Psychology and language Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences.

The CAVA project was a collaboration between several UCL Departments and Research Centres and the UK Data Archive (UKDA), and was co-funded by UCL and Jisc. CAVA ran from 01 April 2009 to 31 August 2010. For more information, see About CAVA or read the final project report.

Video resources in the CAVA repository are described using a subset of the IMDI metadata standard. Transcripts and other supporting material, where available, are deposited alongside the videos. Access to the repository content is restricted to bona fide researchers.