Grants:IdeaLab/Mobile audio upload app - indigenous languages

Mobile audio upload app - indigenous languages
many languages may well be lost, if not transcribed and translated, before elder speakers pass on. many programs exist, but are proprietary, and less portable.
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created on16:23, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Project ideaEdit

What is the problem you're trying to solve?Edit

other grantsEdit

Grant award of $101,501 (US) to a similar project, Aug. 2012Edit

"Mark Liberman of the University of Pennsylvania is piloting a project to use mobile telephones to collect larger amounts of data on undocumented endangered languages than would ever be possible through usual fieldwork."
"NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction". National Endowment for the Humanities. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 

2013 Android application, Aikuma, for Internet Archive, described as a "Digital Rosetta Stone"Edit

This project aims to collect for the Internet Archive.[1] "Aikuma, an Android app for preserving the last words of the world’s endangered languages, has won a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne the Grand Prize in the Open Source Software World Challenge 2013."[2]

  • The Australian Research Council, the US National Science Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.


What is your solution?Edit

  • Works with Android and iPhone
  • Records .mp3 (possible audio) converts to .ogg
  • Pull up Wikipedia article on phone, click "Record audio about this article", enter "Name of language"
  • Click "Upload this article"
  • Appears on article page, "Audio and video links associated with this article"

Project goalsEdit

  1. - phone app to record indigenous languages, which links each file to a wikipedia article, for community use
  2. - process to upload of recordings to commons, with links to wikipedia articles
  3. - process to link to recordings in commons, with a link from each file

Get involvedEdit


  1. "Preserving Endangered Languages using Aikuma Android App". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. Rahilly, Annie (2013-12-09). "Digital Rosetta Stone wins software challenge". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 


  • Let's make it easy and practical to support this linguistic history and science. econterms (talk) 22:28, 3 July 2015 (UTC)