The time has come to play a part and help choose The Sound Of All Human Knowledge. From December 6 to 19, 2022, Wikimedians everywhere are invited to vote for their favourite Wikimedia sound logo submissions.
Have you heard?
Everyone is invited to participate in the sound of all human knowledge. To vote for the Wikimedia sound logo, you must have a Wikimedia account that is not blocked on any project, is not a bot, and has been created by 5 December, 2022, 23:59 UTC. Accounts opened after this date will require 10 edits to participate. We have created a newcomer page to welcome those unfamiliar with our projects to get going and start contributing.
In tune with our movement
We’ve been talking about a sound logo for quite some time. Virtual voice assistants are growing in use and popularity around the world. Wikimedia content is everywhere too, but often not correctly or consistently identified. A sound logo is a brief collection of sounds usually between 1 and 4 seconds. Our sound logo will be a new way to identify Wikimedia content across a range of auditory uses and devices.
We have a rich legacy of visual logo contests in the movement, going back to the Wikipedia puzzle globe logo and as recent as the MediaWiki logo change in 2020 and Wikifunctions in 2021. However, sound cues in new and interesting parameters for submission, scoring, and selection. A concept was shared and improved through collaboration for a contest to find a sound logo for Wikimedia.
A global orchestra
The contest for The Sound Of All Human Knowledge kicked off on 13 September and ran until 10 October 2022, and the participation was extraordinary. We received 3,235 submissions from 2,094 participants in 135 countries. Every submission was anonymized and reviewed by at least two Wikimedia volunteers for eligibility. The submissions were then scored through multiple rounds by professional audio producers and sound experts from the MassiveMusic global network. Finally, a selection committee comprising Wikimedia community members and sound professionals scored the top 40 submissions to present to the rest of the movement 10 submissions to choose from. The 10 sound logo finalists presented have been reviewed by an independent musicologist and undergone legal due diligence before being released for voting. It is now up to the Wikimedia movement to decide which sound logo will best identify the principles and efforts of the Wikimedia movement on audio devices. Each submission has a corresponding note from the contributor sharing their creation journey. Accordingly, descriptive language attempts to describe the sound in words for those deaf and hard of hearing.
In harmony with the future
Similar to previous Wikimedia logo votes, we are using the Schulze method and asking Wikimedians to select their top choices by arranging the logos by preference from favourite to least favourite. The submission that is placed as top choice by the largest number of people will be the contest winner. And additionally, we will have a sorted list of the rest of the submissions. Once we have a winning sound logo, the Legal Affairs team at the Foundation will undertake a clearance process to confirm the sound logo is original and distinctive ensuring it can be registered and protected. The winning contestant will then enter into an agreement with the Foundation that they are happy for their submission to represent the Sound of All Human Knowledge.
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