Creative Commons Summit 2019: Openness in marginalized languages

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This year, we’re fortunate to be there at the Creative Commons Summit 2019 at Lisbon, Portugal. We presented a talk about OpenSpeaks titled—”OpenSpeaks: Open Archives of the Voices of the Commons“.


Half of world’s languages (6500) might be dead in a century’s time (UNESCO). Languages — not just a tool for communications, but a device for political/social freedom and expression of nuances of a society. A dying language can wipe off the cultures of the native speakers if not documented in an accessible format.

OpenSpeaks in an open, global, participatory platform for communities to learn about digital-documentation of languages with focus on endangered ones funded by NatGeo and supported by Mozilla Open Leaders Series. This workshop will be a hands-on session for citizen archivists.

About the author(s)

Subhashish P. is one of the founding members of O Foundation and founder OpenSpeaks which won him the MJ Bear Fellowship and a grant from National Geographic to digitally-document threatened languages.

A documentary filmmaker, Open Culture Advocate, and community catalyst over a decade of experience leading community building, outreach and partnership across Asia Pacific at Internet Society, Mozilla, Centre for Internet and Society, and Wikimedia Foundation.

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