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Wikilibras platform gains a new version with 17 thousand signs in Pounds

The new version allows more user collaboration and automated sign creation, as well as training courses

Wikilibras platform gains new version with 17 thousand signs in Pounds, New version allows more user collaboration and automated sign creation, as well as training courses
Platform will allow collaboration between users and experts to improve Libras content. - Photo: Fernando Frazão / Agência Brasil

Sep 10, Social assistance: The Wikilibras platform has gained a new version with more features to serve people with disabilities and ensure accessibility. Wikilibras has 17,000 signs available in Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and three million translations carried out per month.


The new version of the platform launched on Thursday (10), proposes the creation of signs in a fully automated way, perfecting the content that reaches deaf people and allowing more collaboration from users and specialists in the subject. In addition to the training of animators. It also establishes specific profiles for each stage of the process: employees, animators and specialists.


Wikilibras is a collaborative platform that promotes the construction of new signs and the improvement of translations for the sign dictionary of the VLibras Suite. VLibras is a set of computational tools, open-source, that translates digital content - text, audio and video - into Libras, making computers, cell phones and online platforms accessible to deaf people.


The Minister of Women, the Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves, said that the improvement of the tool is part of the government's strategy of not leaving anyone behind.


“What we have seen in this government that has sought a healthy economy in the liberal economy, which has sought to invest very seriously in the economy, is that we can think about economic growth without leaving anyone behind, with guaranteed rights. And this relaunch is proof of that, ”said Damares.


The Digital Government secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Luis Felipe Monteiro, said that the idea is to bring continuous collaboration to the platform's signal database.


“Now society will be able to collaborate, suggest signs and this platform will become a living, growing platform, which will bring together the citizen who needs Libras translation from digital channels. Digital Brazil is the Brazil of all Brazilians, ”he said.


Video classes

Another novelty announced this Thursday is the access to two courses in video classes. One trains animators and the other deals with the rules of the formal description of sign language. In the latter, participants will learn formal Libras rules and how they are interpreted by the VLibras translation element in an artificial intelligence module.


Cooperation

Developed by the Digital Government Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy, Federal University of Paraíba and the National Education and Research Network, the platform now receives more effective collaboration from the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights (MMFDH) .


In July, a cooperation agreement was signed that provides for the planning of an accessibility policy capable of bringing together the community interested in the operationalization of the correction process and the addition of new signs on the Wikilibras platform. The action is part of the project to ensure continuous improvements in the translation process.


The agreement was agreed between the Special Secretariat for Bureaucratization, Management and Digital Government, of the Ministry of Economy, and the National Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, of the Ministry of Women and Human Rights.

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