Welcome to our FAQ section!

Here, you will find answers to some of the most common questions about Audiopedia and the Audiopedia Foundation. We understand that our mission to empower marginalized and indigenous communities through accessible knowledge can be complex, and we hope that this FAQ section will help clarify any confusion. Whether you are a local organization, an individual, or a company, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to understand our work and how you can get involved. If you have a question that is not answered here, please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we will be happy to help.

Thank you for your interest in the Audiopedia Foundation. 

Audiopedia is a project of the Audiopedia Foundation that aims to empower marginalized and indigenous communities, with a particular focus on women, by providing open, free, and accessible knowledge through digital audio. Audiopedia creates and fosters community-driven digital audio content, promotes accessible technologies, and builds the capacity of local organizations to preserve and promote indigenous knowledge, improve access to vital information for women, conserve biodiversity, and improve climate change resilience.

Audiopedia Foundation is a German non-profit organization, founded in 2016 by Felicitas and Marcel Heyne as URIDU and renamed in 2022. It is the parent organization of the Audiopedia project, which aims to empower marginalized and indigenous communities by providing open, free, and accessible knowledge through digital audio. The foundation focuses on building the capacity of local organizations and promoting accessible technologies, with a specific emphasis on women's empowerment and preserving and promoting indigenous knowledge.

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Crowdin is the company that provides the translation platform. We, Audiopedia use the platform to enable collaborative translations. (Actually more than 16.000 companies use Crowdin, too). There are many translation projects on Crowdin, but there is only one by us, Audiopedia.

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Once you joined the Audiopedia Translation project, you can provide translations by following these steps:

1. Select the language for which you want to contribute (or vote for) a translation (below the language you can see the progress of the translation).

Languages for Translation

2. You will now see a list with all topics. The blue bar shows the translation progress, the green bar the approving progress (can only be done by proof readers). Even if files have been translated, you can still choose them to correct or vote the translations that have been made before.

Topics for Translations

3. Once a topic is selected, all the strings (questions and answers) associated with the topic are displayed on the left side. The red square next to an English string shows that a string has not been translated yet.

Translation Area

To provide a translation, select a string on the left side, provide a translation in the target language in the text box in the right side and press the save button. As soon as a translation has been provided by another user (green square next to string), you can also vote on a translation provided by another user or provide an alternative translation. Just overwrite the current translation and press "Save". The translation with the most votes is used unless a different translation has been approved by a proof reader.

If you see a term with a dotted line in the English source text, you can hover over it to get a definition.

In some languages you can use the machine translation suggestions below the translation text box (where it says "Suggestions"). By clicking into the suggested text it automatically gets copied into the translation area.

Once a translation has been provided, a proof reader can approve the translation and mark it for use in Audiopedia. If you are interested in becoming a proof reader, please contact one of the project managers in the Audiopedia translation project.

If your language is not listed in the list of Audiopedia languages, please contact our project managers or send us an email so we can add your language.

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Or, if you're still in doubt: read our FAQ.

No, the Audiopedia Foundation does not provide grants or funding directly. However, our focus is on building the Audiopedia platform, promoting accessible technologies, and providing capacity building to local organizations and communities. By using digital approaches like Audiopedia, these organizations and communities can be empowered to create and access knowledge, which can help them to bridge the digital divide and promote sustainable development. This, in turn, can help them to secure funding from other sources, as they are able to demonstrate their capacity to effectively use technology and digital tools to achieve their goals.

No, the Audiopedia Foundation does not provide mobile phones, solar audio players, or other technologies for free or for sale. However, we do aim to promote the use of accessible technologies in marginalized and indigenous communities and can provide information and resources on how to source and use such technologies effectively. This includes providing training and capacity building on the use of these technologies through our Audiopedia Academy program. Our focus is on building the Audiopedia platform, which utilizes these technologies to provide open, free, and accessible knowledge to marginalized communities

To get started with implementing Audiopedia, we suggest taking a look at the free content available on Audiopedia.org. This will give you an idea of the type of content that can be created and shared using the platform. Additionally, we offer capacity building resources on Audiopedia Academy which can help local organizations learn how to create and share their own digital audio content. This can include tips on how to create effective audio content, information about accessible technologies and more. We encourage you to explore these resources.

The best way to bring Audiopedia to your community as an individual is to contact a local organization and explain the benefits of using Audiopedia. You can share information about how Audiopedia can help improve access to knowledge, bridge the digital divide, and promote sustainable development. Additionally, you can encourage the organization to explore the free content available on Audiopedia.org and the capacity building resources on Audiopedia Academy to help them get started with implementing Audiopedia in their community.

We do not directly organize local projects in the global south, but instead we focus on providing the tools and resources necessary for local organizations and communities to implement Audiopedia in their own areas. By building the Audiopedia platform and promoting accessible technologies, as well as providing capacity building through our resources such as Audiopedia Academy, we aim to empower local organizations to take the lead in creating and implementing projects that address the unique needs of their communities.

Audiopedia is a proven solution, having been selected for the Digital-X catalog through an extensive selection process by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The program helps innovative digital solutions scale globally and connects UNDP and governments with proven, ready-to-scale solutions to meet urgent digital needs. Audiopedia has been recognized for its maturity in product development, significant real-world results, and measurable high-impact indicators linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The platform has been deemed safe for use by thousands of users and can be easily deployed in new countries with minimal adaptation or effort, given the right conditions for scale.

Success stories and reports about successful implementations of Audiopedia can be found on our blog. Here you can read about the impact Audiopedia has had on local communities and organizations, as well as learn about best practices for implementing the platform.

Yes, we offer virtual volunteering opportunities with the Audiopedia Foundation. Virtual volunteering allows individuals to contribute to our mission and help bridge the digital divide from the comfort of their own home. There are a variety of ways to get involved, such as helping to translate our content into different languages, raising awareness about our cause, and even fundraising for our organization. If you're interested in volunteering, please visit our Audiopedia Community website to learn more about how you can get involved.

We currently do not have any job openings, but we encourage individuals to explore virtual volunteering opportunities with us. We appreciate the support and skills of volunteers who are passionate about our mission and want to contribute to our goal of providing accessible knowledge to marginalized communities. If you're interested in volunteering, please visit our website Audiopedia Community to learn more about how you can get involved.

There are many ways for your company to support the Audiopedia Foundation. One option is through corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, such as fundraising, donating, or virtual corporate volunteering. Virtual corporate volunteering allows your company's employees to contribute to our mission by helping with tasks such as translation, creating awareness for our cause, or participating in fundraising efforts. If your company is interested in supporting the Audiopedia Foundation through CSR activities, please get in touch with us to discuss potential opportunities.

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