In recent years we have seen a revolution in speech technology and how we use our voice to control devices. The Icelandic language is in a precarious situation due to these rapid changes. That is why it is important for technology to learn and to understand Icelandic.
A project has been launched in Iceland that brings together universities, institutions, companies, and NGOs, who will work together to develop a software that understands and speaks Icelandic. The website samromur.is is a part of this project, developed by Almannarómur - Centre for Language Technology, Deloitte and Reykjavík University.
The purpose is to create an open crowd-sourced database of voice samples for Icelandic that anyone can use, and especially encourages voice samples from speakers with a foreign background. This way, we can ensure the survival of Icelandic in digital times.
We invite you to try recording a couple of sentences, please start by visiting samromur.is/tala
Thank you for providing Samrómur with your voice sample!