Along with a generous $100 donation, a Friend-of-Kamusi sent the following provocative message that this video gives a go at answering. The first half discusses what the project will do for you, and the second part talks about what it will do for others:
Why should I care? Why should I be motivated to be part of the project? I realize you are not selling a product to be consumed, but every purchase has some higher level motivation that drives someone to give you their money. If this global dictionary project is going to work, I think there is an opportunity to think about what will motivate a larger group of people to "buy" what you are "selling". Not only compel me to give you my money, but compel me to recommend your "product" to my friends. Again I want to say I am highly impressed with the project and wish you all the best.
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.
Answers to general questions you might have about Kamusi services.
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