Wikipedia's sound idea

Wikipedia is adding voice clips to the pages of famous people. (All Rights Reserved)

Wikipedia is adding voice clips to the pages of famous people. (All Rights Reserved)

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The crowd-sourced encyclopedia plans to add audio clips to its biography pages to preserve famous voices for future generations.

The project seeks to capture short clips, roughly 10 seconds, of notable people, whether famous historians, activists, scientists or celebrities, and add them, along with a text transcript, to their pages on the digital encyclopedia.

The first donor to the Wikipedia Voice Intro Project, or WikiVIP, is U.K. writer, actor, director and broadcaster Stephen Fry, and the result can be heard at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_fry.

And while members of the project are approaching more people, the project has already received a major boost thanks to a donation from the BBC.

It is allowing Wikipedia to extract 300 voice clips from certain programs. As a result, Tim Berners-Lee, Aung San Suu Kyi and 150 other notable individuals also have audio files attached to their profiles.

But of course Wikipedia, being Wikipedia, is also looking to its millions of users to lend a hand and would like people who may know feted individuals to approach them for a sound bite.

To learn more about the initiative and to volunteer, head over to the Wikimedia blog.


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