While Wikipedia is very much an essential source where so many people go to find information; information that is most often text based. One might think for all its functionality there must be an option somewhere to press a button and be able to hear articles, it iss probably there but you never tried it – right?
The reality is that open license text to speech is not a function universally available on Wikipedia. However – in 2017 – that is about to change. Our guest today is John Andersson of Wikimedia Sverige, and with his help we’re learning about the game changing exension known as Wikispeech. We’ll also look into some historical cases of text to speech within Wikipedia. Now more than ever, we’re listening to what is possible and what it means for the internet as we know it.
(Episode 45) Imagine you’re on your way to the moon and you’d like to bring something nice along to leave behind. Something that represents humanity and perhaps one day will be found or used by some group of beings. In the 1960’s, at the height of the space race/cold war, NASA astronauts left behind the iconic American flag. In 2017, what would you leave behind?
How about Wikipedia? Indeed when the PTScientists began working on their own mission to the moon, the one thing they definitely wanted to take with them — Wikipedia. But Wikipedia is huge and it is on the internet. How then should it be taken to the moon? And more importantly, what should get to go?
Today on the podcast, from the initial idea, to the process, to the final product — the story of Wikipedia to the Moon, told by one of its architects: Michael Jahn. If you’re looking for hope at the start of the new year, look no further.. listen to this!
(Episode 44) On the heels of the shocking attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, we’re joining thousands of determined individuals at the markets, sampling the delicious delicacies and enjoying the atmosphere. Meanwhile, our guest Thomas Tursics joins us to talk about the relationship between open data and his Christmas Market application. It’s a holiday story of solemn reflection, holiday traditions, and open data!
(Episode 43) As we approach the end of 2016, for many people, it will be remembered as a year of painful world events and some shocking realizations about how little we understand about one another. It isn’t that feeling disconnected or mass violence were invented over the past year, but it is perhaps a major moment in recent history where we are confronted with the depth and scale that these things can reach.
With this as the backdrop, in communities all over the world – like Berlin – there are projects dedicated to learning, new experiences, and connecting people. One such project is the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe. In 2015 we first heard from Rachel Uwa, founder of the School of MA, about what the plan and mission was and how it would all work. Almost two years later, today on the podcast we hear from Rachel, about the ups, downs, and interesting developments at the school. We also delve into the art of trying something new, learning from failure, and philosophy of growth.
If you’re curious about human behavior, learning, technology, community, or anything in between — this is the podcast for you.
(Episode 42) Today on the podcast we’re looking at the copyright reform that is being proposed by the EU commission. Of course even as I say those words, I can hear some of you clicking off, or saving this for later even if later will never come. Copyright is one of those things – it hits us in so many ways, everyday, yet often the discussions and specifics cause us to get bored or lost… amazingly something that matters so much is really hard to get excited about. But we’re daring to tackle the important on this program, with help from three voices – Polina Malaja of the Free Software Foundation Europe, Dimitar Dimitrov of the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, and Julia Reda, German Member of the European Parliament.
Our goal.. to look at the proposed changes to copyright in the EU and break down the who, what, and how… even some of the why. Because in the end.. these changes would impact every single one of us.
(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start. Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.
Machines fighting with machines is a classic sci-fi storyline. There has long been a fascination with what happens when intelligent machines interact with one another. What if they don’t get along?
My guest today, Taha Yasseri has been studying bots within Wikipedia for over a decade, and found that even when we’re talking about simple bots, sometimes they can get into complex fights. Why do they fight and how? Today on the program, we dig into bots that fight and what it all means for Wikipedia and the larger world of AI in our lives.
When it comes to bringing information to life and presenting it in exciting ways, some of the internet’s most beautiful work has come to us via Mahmoud Hashemi and Owen Cornec. Today on the podcast they join us to talk about their work, including the mind-blowing Listen to Wikipedia and the WikiGalaxy projects; we will hear the how and why behind making something beautiful out of large amounts of data.
Access, outreach, innovation, and communication are among the biggest goals that were discussed at this year’s Wikimania conference in Esino Lario, Italy. Goals that are having impact right now in many different parts of the world, as well as being goals that will help make a better future when it comes to how individuals interact with wikipedia in the years to come.
On today’s program we will hear from wikipedians from several continents who gathered together this summer to work on their projects. These are just a few of the hundreds of talented voices present at this year’s global gathering, Wikimania 2016.
What happens when 1000 wikimedians come stay in a small Italian village high in the mountains? What happens when you combine nature, a global gathering, and the world’s most beloved source of knowledge? This summer, the people of Esino Lario and participants of Wikimania 2016 dared to find out. This is the story of how and why it happenned as well as what the result was.
Note: In Part II of this series we will delve further into questions about Wikidata, Wikipedia and Education, Wikipedia Zero and beyond with even more guests. So subscribe and become a listener of SCB… this would also make Mark very happy.
Source Code Berlin looks into creativity and innovation in fields related to open source technology in Berlin in form of bi-weekly podcast, events and tech videos.