Congratulations! These initiatives look awesome. Well done on securing the funding and subsidized office space.

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 10:05 AM Samuel Klein <> wrote:
Wonderful. Wikispeech will be amazing  :)

On Thu., 28 Mar. 2019, 6:31 am John Andersson, <>

> 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):
> 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):
> 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 ( if you have
> any
> questions.
> [1]
> Best,
> John
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> Wikimedia Sverige
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