Arctic Knot Conference 2021/Submissions/Picking the crucial language technologies and how Wikipedia can help: the Welsh experience

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Submission no.
36
Title of the submission
Picking the crucial language technologies and how Wikipedia can help: the Welsh experience
Author of the submission
Gareth Morlais
Submission format
  • Pre-recorded video presentation (10–30 minutes)
Language of presentation
Welsh, if you can do the subtitling.
E-mail address
gareth.morlais(_AT_)gov.wales
Country of origin
Wales
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Welsh Government
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

When you're making plans to get people using your language as much and as often as possible, there's a list of things related to Wikipedia which can really help. I'll share our experience with the Welsh language.

Supporting the Welsh-language Wikipedia community forms Work Package 15 of 27 in the Welsh Government's Welsh Language Technology Action Plan https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-12/welsh-language-technology-and-digital-media-action-plan.pdf. We like supporting Welsh language Wikipedia editing workshops, video workshops and other channels that encourage people to create and publish Welsh-language video, audio, graphic and text content because we're on a mission to try to help double daily use of Welsh by 2050.

I'll share developments we're funding in speech, translation and conversational AI. The partners we're giving grants to publish what they develop under open licence. So we can share what we've funded with many companies. We think Microsoft might have used some to make their new synthetic voices in Welsh.

We're excited by the potential Wikidata offers. We'll look at its potential in populating Welsh maps this year. We've already used Wikipedia search data as a way of prioritising the training of a Welsh virtual assistant.

Welsh may not be spending as much as Icelandic and Estonian do on language technologies, but we'd like to share what we're learning as a smaller language about the important areas to focus on and how Wikipedia can help.


What will attendees take away from this session?
Theme of session
  • Language technology
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
I'll be able to supply the video, a Welsh transcript and an English translation. You'll need to produce the subtitled video.


Is this Submission a Draft or Final?
Draft


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