Thank you all for your kind words and excitement!
Indeed one of the exciting possibilities working with audio is oral
histories. That our team now will be able to think, discuss and prepare for how
audio files best can be included on the Wikimedia projects should give us
relevant insights for future work.
I am also very much looking forward to see how the *Wikipeech Speech Data
Collector* (WSDC) tools might contribute to the collection of oral
If funded we aim for WSDC to have a set of tools to crowdsource CC0
licensed speech data for the Wikimedia platforms and to become a service to
the entire FOSS community and to many others working with accessibility
online. Over time WSDC should allow us to add more languages to Wikispeech
and improve diversity on all platforms using MediaWiki. The same WSDC tools
could potentially also be useful for collecting, annotating and
disseminating e.g. oral histories or historical recordings.
To develop WSDC in 2019-2021 Wikimedia Sverige, together with a large
number of GLAM and university partners (with wonderful support from our
friends at Wikimedia Deutschland), have recently sent in a major grant
application of 440,000 USD. We should get an answer about the funding in
February next year. (We are now among the last teams competing for the
funds and it looks very promising.) Please send positive thoughts!
 For the 75 page application detailing the project, see here (in
 WMDE's and WMSE's tech teams will share knowledge and insights
ongoingly as part of the project - I am very excited about more
Kind regards and happy holidays,
PS. If funded we will be looking to hire at least one new developer with
expertise in speech data or other relevant skills. Drop me an email if you
are interested or if you know some great person.
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>> Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:23:42 +0800
>> From: Gnangarra <gnangarra(a)gmail.com>
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>> As some who is working with oral histories this sounds interesting,
>> On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 at 00:08, Sailesh Patnaik <
>> > Congratulations, John!
>> > It's really nice to see that Wikimedia Sweden is bringing such amazing
>> > initiatives to the movement.
>> > Regards!
>> > *Sailesh Patnaik *"*ଶୈଳେଶ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ**"*
>> > *Community Advocate, The Centre for Internet and Society*
>> > https://www.linkedin.com/in/sailesh-patnaik-551a10b4
>> > *Twitter*: @saileshpat
>> > On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 9:09 PM John Andersson <
>> > john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se> wrote:
>> >> Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of $55,000 in support
>> >> the grant-giving organization Kulturbryggan (Culture Bridge) for a
>> >> investigating how to best include audio files on Wikimedia Commons.
>> >> Our work will focus on batch uploading audio files onto Wikimedia
>> >> (with a focus on music recordings). In preparations for this, we will
>> >> investigate how the metadata can be included in a way that is best
>> >> for Structured Data once it gets deployed. This is a pilot project
>> >> we
>> >> aim to discuss with the community what to include and what to exclude.
>> >> discussions and the requests from the community will form our planning
>> >> around future work with uploading audio files onto Wikimedia Commons.
>> >> look forward working with the community and with the Structured Data
>> >> at Wikimedia Foundation on how metadata about audio files can be
>> >> in a well-structured and useful way.
>> >> This project will connect very closely to the FindingGLAMs project
>> >> will form one of the case studies included in it. In the case study we
>> >> will
>> >> provide guidance for other GLAMs and Wikimedia affiliates who want to
>> >> upload audio files in the future.
>> >> The project also connects closely to Wikimedia Sverige’s planned
>> >> aimed at building tools to collect speech recordings. The recordings,
>> >> illustrating how words are pronounced etc., will then be used to
>> >> the quality of Wikispeech, a text-to-speech (TTS) system that
>> >> written text into speech. We want to see what type of speech recordings
>> >> can
>> >> and should be stored on Wikimedia Commons and what kind of metadata
>> >> be included there; this project will help us clarify the needs.
>> >> Please contact John Andersson (john.andersson(a)wikimedia.se) if you
>> >> any
>> >> questions.
>> >> As always, you can find the full application available on our wiki (in
>> >> Swedish).
>> >>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FindingGLAMs
>> >>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech
>> >> 
>> >> Best,
>> >> John
>> >> - - - -
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>> >> Executive Director
>> >> Wikimedia Sverige
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