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Project Common Voice is a Mozilla Foundation effort to build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make apps for devices and the web. Voice recognition makes working with and navigating the web more accessible. It also requires thousands of voice samples and data points. Most of the data that drives common voice applications is not open or accessible to those who might want to build useful tech for their communities.
The more people who donate recordings of their voice, the more useful the system will be. Would you be willing to donate a recording of yours?
If you think voice recognition could do more for your constituency or people you know, consider taking a few seconds to give Mozilla a shout-out (literally) at Project Common Voice. And if you do participate in this virtual volunteering initiative, post here about what your experience is like.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
This is interesting. I might have missed something but looking at the project website it seems that the Mozilla Foundation are not, or at least not yet developing an open source voice recognition engine (no minor challenge) but aim to create a large open source database of recordings that developers can then use to build applications. Of course this is not to say that the project is not useful and worth supporting but it may be a while before it produces useful applications.
I posted it more because they are looking for online volunteers. I did some of the exercises - pretty easy to help out!