Common Voice: Weekly Update 25th June
Hey Common Voice Community,
We are excited that the next dataset release will be around the end of July. Your amazing contributions and community mobilisation have enabled the project to get to 12,000+ hours! (This release is a substantial process, and contribution and validation after the 20th of July will be counted towards the dataset release after July.)
Watch this space! Roadmapping participation coming soon!
We are also going to be asking for input and feedback into the roadmap! More details will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
Follow up: New outreach campaign for voice contributions - Sneak Preview
As mentioned in last week’s weekly update, we will be running an Ad experiment for the next couple of weeks on social media, using videos and images to explain to people why voice matters.
The team is making some final touches, and we hope to share this with you early next week. Sorry for the delay.
We will also be sharing editable static image files if you’d like to make use of them for promoting your own language!
Opportunity: MozFest Community Friday Twitter Takeover
On Friday 9th of July, we are taking over MozFest’s Twitter for Community Fridays.
Community Friday’s is an opportunity to ask engaging and conversational questions to the MozFest Twitter community over the course of 5-8 tweets.
Here are examples of previous community Fridays: Beyond AI Bias: Power, Rights and Questioning Inevitability by Vidushi Marada from Article 19
We believe that this would be an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the need to make speech technology accessible to everyone and encourage people to contribute their voice ahead of the next dataset release.
If your language community is currently focusing on voice contributions and would like to take part in this Twitter take over please send me a direct message.
As always, we welcome your ideas for future Common Voice campaigns in your communities, please do message us!
Community Question: Common Voice Platform and Low bandwidth connectivity
In our community members 1 to 1s, we have heard of some of your experiences of using the common voice platform in areas of low bandwidth connectivity. We want to understand how widespread this experience is.
Have you struggled to use the common voice platform in low bandwidth areas? Please share your experiences within the thread.
The Common Voice team is growing, and in these last two months, we have welcomed several new colleagues. Today we would like to highlight the team supporting the Kiswahili dataset.
If you have questions on Common Voice, please feel free to reach out to me!
All the best ,
Hillary, on behalf of the Common Voice Team