National Language Technologies Portal provides key software to develop technologies in Welsh 18 Feb 2015

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Key software components described as the ‘building blocks’ needed to develop computer technology in Welsh are being released free of charge to companies and individuals.

The resources, developed by Bangor University, will be published under the National Language Technologies Portal. They include a Welsh to English machine translation program, a synthetic Welsh voice, and a Welsh corpus or database of words collected from social media. These elements will be needed by software engineers to create Welsh apps, games and websites.

The project was sponsored by a £49,779 grant from the Welsh Government’s Welsh-language Technology and Digital media Fund 2014-15, to promote the creation of new Welsh software and digital services.

Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales said: 

“Technology is an important part of our daily lives and it is important that the latest technology is easily accessible to support Welsh as a living language. These resources, which have been developed with a grant from our Welsh-language Technology and Digital Media Fund, are now readily available for developers. I look forward to seeing them used creatively.”

Dewi Bryn Jones, lead software developer at the Language Technologies Unit, Canolfan Bedwyr, and responsible for the project, added:

“We had a number of resources developed for our own internal use, and were eager for more developers to be able to use them. Making them available in one central location will be a great step forward. As well as being a valuable resource to professional developers interested in developing all aspects of computing through the medium of Welsh, they will also be available to young people in coding clubs, and volunteers and hackers who enjoy using Welsh on their computers.”  

Find out more here.