Wonderful news, John!  Congrats to WMSE and to all of us, who will benefit from this work.


On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 12:31 PM John Andersson <john.andersson@wikimedia.se> wrote:

Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of three new grants totaling around USD 500,000. We hope to work with many of you as part of these projects. If you are interested in getting involved or receiving updates please let me know.

Furthermore, the chapter also has a new heavily subsidized agreement for our office space.

Project 1: Wikispeech – The Speech Data Collector

The first project is a continuation of the Wikispeech[1] project, a text-to-speech (TTS) system that converts written text into speech. From September 2019 to April 2021 we aim to finalize building the MediaWiki extension and to build tools to collect speech data to add pronunciations to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikidata and to add more languages to the text-to-speech solution. The tools should also be possible to use for oral citations.

The work happens in partnership with the Royal Technical Institute, STTS (a language processing company), Mozilla Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland and the Swedish Dyslexia Association.

As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish): https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikispeech_–_Talresursinsamlaren_2019/Ansökan

Project 2: Wikipedia in Libraries

From 2019 to 2020 Wikimedia Sverige, together with the National Library of Sweden, will develop an online training module for Swedish librarians focused around free knowledge and the Wikimedia platforms. This will be a mandatory training for all of Sweden's 5,000 public librarians. Our hope is to give all of them a basic understanding of the Wikimedia projects, as well as to complement the online training with advanced courses for the most dedicated. The advanced courses will give them the tools to ongoingly organize activities and events independently at their libraries across the country.

Furthermore, the librarians will be engaged in the #1Lib1Ref and FindingGLAMs campaigns.

There is a great potential to receive continuous funding over the coming 3 years if successful.

As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish): https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikipedia_i_biblioteken_2019/Ansökan

Project 3: Bibliographical data on Wikidata

We continue our work to include bibliographical data on Wikidata. The project details are still being negotiated with the funder. The project will start in mid-2019 and last until 2020.

Cost reduction

Starting from March 2019 we have a new agreement in place for a heavily subsidized coworking space office from the Swedish Internet Foundation. Through the agreement we will save us around USD 30,000 per year compared to when we had an office of our own.

We have received this generous subsidy because Wikipedia is considered so important for the infrastructure of the Internet. We are very happy that the agreement does not have an end date and that we have the possibility to grow significantly over time as well (while keeping the generous subsidy).

Please contact John Andersson (john.andersson@wikimedia.se) if you have any questions.

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech



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