TerpTube is the web-based version of the SignLink Studio project. This software builds on social networking concepts and the sharing of personal digital videos in a one-stop-shop mentoring portfolio system. Deaf mentors provide asynchronous annotations to video-recorded interpretations in their native American Sign Language (ASL). Likewise, interpreters benefit from seeing ASL video-based annotations since this, not text, provides the most appropriate format for modeling ASL.
The ability to add video-based ASL annotations to video within the TerpTube system is accomplished through the application of SignLink technology originally developed by partners at Ryerson University. In addition to applying SignLinks to videos, the TerpTube mentoring portfolio system is integrated with existing online mentoring projects as well as a social networking website. It also includes accessible interpreter practice materials, mentoring best practices, and tips for setting up a mentoring business. This project addresses the need to increase involvement of Deaf ASL users in the education of professional sign language interpreters.