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The Asterisk project is looking for contributions of sound files to expand the usefulness of Asterisk across as many languages as
possible.

However, Digium is not able to maintain more than a few basic language sets and the project relies upon the community for the many additional languages which may be added to the sound file list. To this end, the following criteria are to enable the administrative and technical inclusion of sound files in multiple languages.

Criteria for language submission:

  1. The license used must be Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/) for all sound files, and the actual artist who performs the prompts must be the one who approves (in writing) the CCBYSAv3 license.
  2. For the core-sounds, you must duplicate all existing sounds in the latest sound set at the time of submission - no partial libraries. The translation must be as close as possible. No advertisements or additional speech should be added
    If you are submitting sounds for extra-sounds, a full duplicate set of the English prompts is not necessary, and alternate words may be
    added, but still no advertisements.
  3. Additional core sounds required for a Language to be understood and communicated properly (for example different styles of counting or dates) are an exception to the above guideline. However you must not omit any sound prompts, or change their names, as this could result in Asterisk applications failing to find a particular sound.
  4. The artist who performed the original sounds must be available for additional work at a "reasonable" market price, and contact data must be provided with the sounds submission. Preferably include the contact info in the LICENSE or CREDITS files included in the submission, as community members may also wish to commission additional prompts outside of the body of donated prompts.
  5. Sound files must be in ".wav" 48kHz 16-bit signed linear format - Digium will do all conversions to various codecs.
  6. A sound file map must be included with all submissions, in the same style as core-sounds-en.txt but for your specific language. This may be derived from Step 6 in the "Process" section, below.
  7. Periodically and infrequently, there may be additional words added to the English "core-sounds" repository. At such time as those words are added, you would be responsible for submitting those additional sounds in your submitted language by the same artist who performed the recordings for the primary sounds, and creating an issue on issues.asterisk.org containing the new sounds. An Asterisk developer would contact you to let you know of the additions or changes required.
  8. If you duplicate the words/phrases in the current core-sounds-en.txt file, this does NOT guarantee complete functionality with your language. Notably, numbers and dates often require additional work with code in various parts of Asterisk to comply with specific language syntax issues. You are welcome to create patches to fully support your language - see relevant wiki pages for more details of how to contribute code to Asterisk.
  9. If you wish to update a sound set, any updates must be created by the same artist that created the base sound set.

Process:

Every time you submit sounds, even if partial sounds, you will need to execute all of these steps, but excluding the license submission if you have already submitted a license for your body of work that states it includes all files you have submitted to the project.

  1. Create your language sound file archive as a directory. Put all sound files into the directory.
  2. Determine the two-digit ISO639-1 language code (en=english, ru=russian, etc.) and replace the "xx" in other steps with this two digit code.
  3. Determine the most obvious nation in which the dialect of the artist is appropriate, if any. Select the country code from the ISO-3166-1 list. Replace "_YY" in the other steps with this two digitcode. This two-digit code should be upper-case.
  4. Create a file called "CREDITS" and put in this file a short free-form block of text that you wish to include for anyone who wants
    to learn more about you or the artist who performed the sounds. Please minimally include the name and contact information for the artist as a URL and/or email address.

    Example:
     bash-3.2# more CREDITS
     Recorded by:
     Allison Smith (http://www.theivrvoice.com)
     
     Financial Contributions by: Digium, Inc. (http://www.digium.com)
     bash-3.2#
    
  5. Create a file called "LICENSE" and include the license text (listed below these instructions) which are the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike v3 license terms.
  6. Ensure you have a .txt file that describes all of the sound files by name and by textual description. UTF-8 is mandatory. See "core-sounds-en.txt" as a template. Another option (possibly easier and preferred) is to submit an OpenOffice ODS formatted spreadsheet with three columns (Col 1: module name most associated with file, col 2: filename in ASCII, col 3: text of sound file in your localized language - see doc/lang/*.ods for examples) and it will be converted during import to UTF-8 format.
  7. Use "tar" or a similar archiving utility to package all your folders and files into a single file.
  8. Create an account on the project's bug tracker http://issues.asterisk.org/ if you do not already have one, and submit the file via that interface. In order to eliminate confusion, you should also complete the license agreement on that system, which is an electronic license agreement. You will obtain an issue number from the issues.asterisk.org system - save this number.
  9. Have the artist (NOT YOU, UNLESS YOU ARE THE ARTIST) print out the entire form and license listed on this page, fill in the items noted in square brackets, then:
    1. Be sure the form is filled out completely. This is mandatory for acceptance.
    2. Then send the entire license and signed portion to Digium:
      Email:
      asteriskteam@digium.com   (subject: Attention Legal - Sound Submission Agreement)

      Fax:
      +1 256 428-6217 Attn: Legal

      Mailing Address:
      Attn: Legal
      445 Jan Davis Drive NW
      Huntsville, AL 35806
      United States

  10. Project staff will evaluate your sounds submission and communicate with you via the issue tracker as to the progress and status of
    inclusion. If your sound files are included, they will receive an ordinal number according to the number of other archives in this
    language/dialect group, a gender key, a freeform text description, the codec for that file, and the version of Asterisk for which the files were released. (Format for filenames suffix is: languagecode[_territorycode[_gender[_variant]]] ) So your submission may have an archive name that after processing looks like this:

asterisk-core-sounds-en_US_female_allison-gsm-1.6.23

or

asterisk-core-sounds-en_AU_male_alex-gsm-1.6.23

License Form:

LICENSE FOR VOICE PROMPT FILES ------------------------------


The voice prompt files distributed herewith are Copyright (C)
2014-20[XX] [ARTIST NAME OR COPYRIGHT HOLDER NAME], and provided under
terms of the following License. If I am providing the voice prompt files
on behalf of an organization or I am an employee of an organization, I
represent and warrant that I am expressly authorized to execute this License
on that organization’s behalf. For more information, or to purchase custom
voice prompt files, please visit:

  [URL or contact data for artist]

I am releasing the recordings (delivered as sound files) described
in this document and attached to the issue tracking system at the 
Issue Number noted, as being under the Creative Commons 3.0 
Attribution/ShareAlike license, as follows.

  [include description of files submitted]


 Signed: __________________________________________________________


 Printed: __________________________________________________________
 Name

 Company Name (If submitting on behalf of a Company. If submitting in an
individual capacity leave blank):
________________________________________________________________________

 Issue  : _[see step 9 of "Process"]________________________________
 Number

 Date  : __________________________________________________________



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