Audiopedia is Open Knowledge for the Forgotten Billion
There is one benchmark we have to aim for when it comes to accessible knowledge: Wikipedia. Wikipedia has been a truly disruptive force — it has become the ubiquitous source of knowledge for the literate world. Following their example, we will provide a freely accessible, curated resource of relevant audio content. It will be made available under a creative commons license. Accordingly, we are calling it Audiopedia. What distinguishes us from Wikipedia is that we have to provide accessibility to the contents for illiterate beneficiaries. This is why we developed several solutions. Consequently, we will open source all the software we have built to make our contents accessible. And we are planning to further expand accessibility by using chat-bots and programmable voice calls.
Audiopedia in a non-profit project
Audiopedia was created by the German non-profit organization URIDU. URIDU (www.uridu.org) is an NGO that is providing illiterate rural women with vital knowledge. We have been developing and pioneering accessible audio learning in the global south over the last 3 years. URIDU is combining relevant, localized expert audio contents with easily usable hard- and software. We are spreading health education and more using our solar-powered MP3 players and mobile web applications. URIDU has shown that educating marginalized women using audio is a feasible endeavor that yields excellent results. We did this in successful pilot projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Nicaragua and the Congo. Now it’s the time to take bold steps to maximize impact by reaching out to as many women as possible. Our goal is to turn accessible audio learning into a global driving force for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Let’s create the World’s Most Powerful Crowdimpact Project
Audiopedia gives people the unique opportunity to actively participate in solving a global problem. We call this Crowdimpact. Our great progress so far was only possible through the work of thousands of online volunteers. Our ideas inspire people. Now is the time to build a real movement around the Audiopedia platform to let people participate voluntarily in many different ways: as translators, developers, social media activists, fundraisers, or field volunteers. Together we can make vital knowledge accessible where it is needed most.