Wonderful. Wikispeech will be amazing  :)

On Thu., 28 Mar. 2019, 6:31 am 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

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):

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

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):

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

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



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