We have created WordUp! to expand our 🌎 global vocabulary with more words and more languages with community input using 📱 mobile devices. We provide words and definitions in English or another validated language, and the visitor provides an equivalent term in their language. Terms are arranged in categories that users can choose based on their interests - animals, for example, or medical terms. Once we see a consensus emerge for a term, we accept it provisionally, and queue it for final review when an expert is available.
The program is complicated because play is distributed asynchronously across numerous languages and networks. In order to minimize connection costs for speakers of non-privileged languages, players load their vocabulary sets when they are online, play offline, and then sync their accumulated answers the next time they have a network connection. The 🔢 data in play may thus shift substantially during the time a player is offline. When synching, WordUp! not only needs to take the player's new answers and upload new term sets, but also selectively remove all of the terms from all of the sets that the community has completed for that language in the meanwhile.
All of this now works smoothly except for user authentication. It is crucial that we can associate users to their contributions, so they can receive appropriate credit and so that we can detect malicious users and undo any damage they attempt. Authentication must be done well so that it works smoothly across all our software and platforms, but it is too expensive to implement on our current 0️⃣ zero budget.
These are the languages for which we have datasets that we are actively working toward putting online. Languages that are Active for you to search are marked with "A" in the list below.
•A = Active language, aligned and searchable
•c = Data 🔢 elicited through the Comparative African Word List
•d = Data from independent sources that Kamusi participants align playing 🐥📊 DUCKS
•e = Data from the 🎮 games you can play on 😂🌎🤖 EmojiWorldBot
•P = Pending language, data in queue for alignment
•w = Data from 🔠🕸 WordNet teams
We are actively creating new software for you to make use of and contribute to the 🎓 knowledge we are bringing together. Learn about software that is ready for you to download or in development, and the unique data systems we are putting in place for advanced language learning and technology:
Our biggest struggle is keeping Kamusi online and keeping it free. We cannot charge money for our services because that would block access to the very people we most want to benefit, the students and speakers of languages around the world that are almost always excluded from information technology. So, we ask, request, beseech, beg you, to please support our work by donating as generously as you can to help build and maintain this unique public resource.
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