The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) hosts and develops the Unisubs Engine, an open source platform for crowd/community created captions and translated subtitles for a greater accessibility.
Prior to being part of P4A, PCF launched the Unisubs Engine as a prototype, which evolved into an award-winning platform for community-driven captions and subtitles. With the Unisubs Engine, the community can use the platform to crowdsource and participate in captioning and translating community projects. The Unisubs Engine is offered as a service, by PCF, under the name Amara. It is free for the public to use and includes space for partners and clients to manage their own communities (eg: Vimeo, Tedtalks, Github).
Unisubs Engine, is open source since the beginning but it was not particularly modular or easy to extend. In P4A a series of enhancements have been made to facilitate easier development and enhancement of the Engine.
Unisubs Engine’s goal as part of P4A was to increase the platform’s flexibility, modularity, compatibility, and ease-of-use – ultimately driving broader and more cost-effective accessibility for video. In summary, within P4A we asked ourselves: How do we make a tool easier for developers, organizations and companies that want to deploy and run the engine?
Different improvements have been made to the code, documentation and new features have been added. The P4A-driven features add compatibility with additional video services, enable users on mobile devices to participate in community accessibility efforts, and enable community members to work together in real time to caption and subtitle video. Unisubs Engine’sAmara editor’s layout has also been changed making easier and more cost effective the translation process. Previously it was a one single column layout and now we changed it to a two column layout this way the user can more easily remove and add subtitles.
All these new features have already been implemented in amara.org, community driven platform, and have received a very positive feedback from its users.
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