Wikipedia wants a sound logo and needs your help


Wikipedia is a resource that many of us turn to when we need information, and its globe puzzle logo is almost universally recognized. Now the Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a sound that can be associated with it and that is equally recognizable.

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a sound that they want people to associate with the “sound of all human knowledge”. The idea is to identify content from its various projects, such as Wikipedia, whenever the visuals aren’t available – for example, if you ask your phone assistant for something and it extracts content from Wikipedia.

Wikimedia said on the contest page, “With a sound logo, people will always hear the same sound when responses come from a Wikimedia project. This mnemonic device is expected to help, over time, increase positive emotional responses to the Wikimedia brand, and since the source of content will be accurately identified, it could lead more people to view Wikimedia as a trusted source of verifiable information.”

If you have an idea of ​​what this might look like, you should submit your idea to the Wikimedia sound logo contest before October 10th. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of Wikimedia volunteers, sound logo experts, and a musicologist until November 29. From there, the top ten sounds will go to an online vote that ends on December 19. If your sound wins, you’ll receive $2,500 and a trip to a recording studio to produce the final sound. More information about the competition can be found at the source link below.

It’s unclear whether sound will be added to popular digital assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Google already has a financial partnership with Wikipediabut Google Assistant already says “from Wikipedia” before reading excerpts from Wikipedia articles.

Source: The Wikimedia Foundation

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