Projects and research



OpenSpeaks is an award winning project to build Open toolkits—Open Educational Resources, Open Source software, Open Datasets and Methodology—to digitally-document native languages. It was selected by the Online News Association for MJ Bear Fellowship for 2017, is one of the projects of Mozilla Open Leadership Training Cohort C, and is selected for a session at Mozilla Festival 2017 (MozFest), London.

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Kathabhidhana is an an open toolkit to record a large number of words. It consists of a few free/libre and open source software, open datasets, methodologies and documentations. It can be used to record pronunciations of words to make a talking dictionary to record phonemes to create a text-to-speech software.

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Lekatha is a text-to-speech (TTS) project which is in its infancy at the moment. The word lekatha does not mean anything but it is constructed from two Odia-language words ଲେଖା (lekha, meaning text) and କଥା (katha, meaning voice) which refers to constructed voice from text by using a TTS engine.

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About the author(s)

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

As an educator and community manager he has led many research, campus, and community outreach and catalyst activities across Asia Pacific at Internet Society, Mozilla, Centre for Internet and Society, and Wikimedia Foundation.

Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award, and awarded as "Wikimedia Advocate and Expert" by in 2016. Speaker at TEDx and many international Open Source/knowledge conferences across 11 countries. Author of "Rising Voices: Digital Language Activism" “Digital Activism in Asia Reader”, and a few hundred posts on major global blogs.