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With an Eye on the Future, First Nations in Canada Are Switching From Audio Cassettes to Digital

With a helping hand from the Indigitization project, First Nations communities in British Columbia are digitally preserving the rich cultural content contained in audio cassettes.

Wikimujeres Wants More Women Editors to Fix Wikipedia's Gender Imbalance

"We are group of Wikipedia users concerned about the diversity and neutrality of Wikipedia and we are willing to work to reduce...the gender and culture gap..."

How Memory and Digital Media Can Pave the Way to Peace in Colombia

"I think the website and the content we publish on the Internet make memory. We have made memory with our videos and stories."

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

Strategies to Strengthen the Pisbi and Potón Languages in El Salvador Through Community Engagement

This is the fifth update about the "Revitalization of the Potón and Pisbi Languages in El Salvador" project, whose objective was to strengthen the identity of the Lenka and Kakawira...

Indigenous Languages in El Salvador Reemerging After a Difficult Past

This is the fourth article about the the linguistic and cultural context of "Revitalization of the Potón and Pisbi Languages in El Salvador" project, promoting the development of multimedia material...

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

Working with Guatajiagua Youth to Revitalize the Potón Language in El Salvador

A group of young people, members of the Association of Lenca Communities of Guatajiagua, organized the recording sessions and an introductory course in journalism based on indigenous communication.

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.