Yesterday Mozilla announced some big changes to our organisation as a whole. Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker shared this blog post outlining the vision and thinking behind these changes, which we encourage you to read.
Common Voice, both the platform and the dataset, will also be evolving, in response to the changes here at Mozilla. As a collective organisation, between Mozilla Corporation and the Foundation, we want to ensure the best possible future for the amazing progress and contributions we have seen in the voice data domain. We continue to be the largest open domain voice data corpora in the world, with over 7,000 hours of audio across 54 languages.
We hope to continue our work on under-served and under-resourced languages together, and look forward to ongoing supportive relationships with our language communities, developer communities, and key partners.
In order to achieve that, over the next few months, we’ll be evaluating a number of options for ensuring a strong and stable future for the platform and dataset. Options include moving the project to Mozilla Foundation, which has a strong focus on trustworthy AI and alternative data governance or looking for an alternate home that will ensure both the platform and dataset are well stewarded as open source projects.
This means that we will be moving the platform into maintenance mode - we will not be shipping any new features, but will be doing our best to address any current issues and requests. Ongoing community support will also enter into maintenance mode, and we will not have an ongoing community manager.
We know this is a time of great uncertainty and you likely have many questions about the future that we currently don’t have the answer to. The team you’ve come to know is working hard to find a way to sustain Common Voice in the long term. The platform is still available for you, our trusted community, to continue to contribute to, and the dataset for download. Contributions made during this transition period will be released as part of a future dataset release, as expected.
We will provide updates to the wider Common Voice community as we know more. Thank you for being with us on this journey.
Stay tuned for more information as we progress.