[Open-education] Speakerthon: Sharing voice samples

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Mon Jan 20 09:11:43 UTC 2014

Dear All,

I wanted to flag a venture the Open Education Working Group was involved 
with over the weekend.

brought together over 30 people to create voice samples from the Radio 4 
archive and upload them to Wikipedia. The event was part of the BBC 
Voice Project initiative 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/BBC_voice_project> and 
organised in collaboration with Open Knowledge Foundation, Creative 
Commons UK and the Wikimedia community.

I've written more about the day at:

The initiative is a fantastic example of crowdsourcing OERs. The adding 
of sound files for Wikimedia subjects has great implications for 
teaching and learning, especially when you consider that those files can 
be reused in any way people chose - the samples are all under a CC-BY-SA 
licence, unlike the original recordings. The Voice Project will be 
looking at uploading files from the BBC Archive for 1000 Wikimedia 
subjects and fingers crossed the project carries on beyond this initial 
sample. The next steps will be further collaboration - for example the 
British Library has a huge amount of animal sounds that could be uploaded.

Anyway hope you find the trip report interesting and feel inspired to 
contribute to the project!



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