Crowdsourced Solution in Sweden to Wikipedia’s Text to Speech Functionality

At the KTH Royal Instititute of Technology University in Sweden’s, Stockholm, Wikipedia sought help from the speech synthesis specialists to attempt an open source text to speech platform to make Wikimedia in Sweden speak. Not only has the pilot program been successfully but a full 25% of users now deem the function as “needed or preferred.” In real numbers that equates to over 125M users a month. In an attempt to broaden the platform’s usability, Wikipedia has named Joakim Gustafson as the program head. Gustafson reports that they have built the framework around an open source speech synthesizer and that it can be used with any such synthesizer. The head of the speech synthesis department, Gustafson, anticipates the ability to substitute or add certain modules in the text to speech system. In an interview, he let slip that the TTS being open would allow that functionality to do more than just speak websites or Wiki pages.

But there will be a great demand over the new platform development which is scheduled next for the English Wikipedia pages. Due to the large amount of data on text to speech development with the English language, the true test will be in the final phase of the project. By September of 2017, Gustafson anticipates having built up the capability of a data set similarly functioning in Arabic. Currently no such system exists and the project will be providing it as a proof of concept.

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Though currently, Wikipedia writing services have really taken the teeth out of the arduous task of formatting and perfecting one’s entry. Get Your Wiki for instance, custom quotes each page their Wiki writers for hire craft on behalf of the commercial entities or people for whom it contracts and author’s a correctly formatted, English perfected and grammar checked version of a Wiki crafted all about your business. Because they use the proper platform and editorial checklists that Wikipedia itself uses, they guarantee your money back if the page is not published. They also offer a monitoring service so that any time there is inaccurate information on your page their Wiki experts will make the necessary Wikipedia revisions. They will also take care of keeping the information on your page current and will update a Wiki page any time there is new information about the person or company.

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