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Grants awarded to promote Welsh-language technology and digital media

We have awarded grants to 9 projects under our 2014 to 2015 programme.

The grant was open to applications for funding from public, private and third sector bodies. Applicants were asked to detail how the activities set out in their applications would contribute to delivering the Welsh Language, Technology and Digital Media Action Plan objectives. The grants have been awarded to the following projects:

JOMEC, Cardiff University - Digidol ar Daith

This project will train individuals and organisations across Wales in how to:

  • access and use existing software and infrastructure to facilitate digital community news
  • create a 'toolkit' to practically demonstrate how to create, maintain and promote digital community news
  • develop a network of innovators with the resources and guidance to host community news, to teach others and to develop an audience.

Uned Technolegau Iaith, Canolfan Bedwyr, Prifysgol Bangor - Porth Adnoddau Prosesu Iaith Naturiol Cymru (Welsh NLP Resource Portal)

The project will result in a collection of 'building block' resources which will enable the production of new Welsh language digital products. The project includes developing a portal website giving free access to a large amount of the resources developed by Canolfan Bedwyr and others.

NativeHQ - WordPress i Bawb

NativeHQ will translate and make themes and plugins for the WordPress  web content management system freely available. Currently users are able to create Welsh language sites using WordPress but only a limited number of the plugins and themes can be found in Welsh.

Menter Môn - O Glust i Glust / Hear and Now

A ground-breaking system for simultaneous translators utilising mobile phones. The translator will use an app created by Menter Môn to connect their phone to a bluetooth headset. The spoken translation will be transmitted via a wireless network allowing those with the app to listen to the translation using their phones and headphones.

Mentrau Iaith Cymru – Troedio

A new app for 8 to15 year-olds that allows the user to create and develop avatar characters on their smartphones and tablets. The app will send notifications to each user’s phone to remind them to update their character to do such things as change their hair, clothes and to use more Welsh. This app encourages young people to consider the language in a fun and subtle way outside of the classroom.

Recordiau Peski Records - Cam o’r Tywyllwch

This project proposes to create a Welsh language website, app and digital magazine which will serve to promote electronic, experimental and alternative music in an international context. This project will build on the brand developed by Recordiau Peski Records through their existing radio show called ‘Cam o’r Tywyllwch’.

Mudiad Ffermwyr Ifanc Cymru - Estyn Llaw

An app that lets young farmers clubs (YFC) across Wales to communicate with their members. The app will provide details of Welsh language YFC events and opportunities across Wales as well Welsh language support for learners.

Canolfan Cymraeg i Oedolion Caerdydd a Bro Morgannwg

A bilingual app for Welsh language learners in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan area which will allow the user to

  • locate places to practice their Welsh
  • list relevant activities for learners
  • search for courses
  • play simple Welsh language learning games.

Interceptor Solutions Ltd - Enabling multilingual software interfaces and measuring impact

Lingua-Skin is a piece of software developed by Interceptor Solutions Ltd which enables other software to easily become bilingual without requiring changes to the underlying framework and is transparent to the end-user. This project proposes to pilot Lingua-Skin through both provision of a free-of-charge implementation package to early adopters and awareness raising activities. The project also includes an objective review by Cardiff University on the effectiveness of this type of approach to delivering bilingual interfaces.

Previous winners

You can find information on previous grant awards on the UK Web Archive (external link).