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Wikipedia set to develop first crowdsourced speech engine

LONDON: Wikipedia is collaborating with Swedish researchers at KTY Royal Institute of Technology to develop world’s first crowdsourced speech platform.

The world’s largest world’s largest accessed open source online encyclopedia would deploying this technology free for visually impaired. Researchers at KTH also revealed that although the platform is a custom created optimized for Wikipedia it would be an open source product available for other platforms using the Wikimedia platform.

Researhers would commence their work with a focus on Swedish language; revealed speech technology professor at KTH Joakim Gustafson. However, English would be used with the help of the open source linguistic resources readily available for English language. The final step would be Arabic.

The crowdsourced platform would cater to approximately 125 million users per month who prefer speech over text format. Users would also be able to contribute to development of this engine to make it available in 280 languages after Swedish, English and Arabic.