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Project ELLORA to preserve ‘rare’ Indian languages with AI


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Project ELLORA

Mains level: Not Much

Microsoft’s Project ELLORA is helping small languages like Gondi, Mundari become eloquent for the digital world.

Project ELLORA

  • To bring ‘rare’ Indian languages online, Microsoft launched the Project ELLORA or Enabling Low Resource Languages in 2015.
  • Under the project, researchers are building digital resources of the languages.
  • They say that their purpose is to preserve a language for posterity so that users of these languages “can participate and interact in the digital world.”

How is ELLORA creating a language dataset?

  • The researchers are mapping out resources, including printed literature, to create a dataset to train their AI model.
  • The team is also working with these communities on the project.
  • By involving the community in the data collection process, researchers hope to create a dataset that is both accurate and culturally relevant.


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