- Crypto / Web3
Empowering communities to preserve their linguistic heritage
Our vision is to empower endangered language communities by providing tools for language preservation and incentivizing participation. The platform ultimately aims to preserve linguistic heritage and cultural traditions while promoting linguistic diversity in the digital age.
This is a project that aims to preserve endangered languages by leveraging the power of decentralised technology. It offers a platform for language communities to collaborate, create, and communicate across languages, with tools for crowdsourcing and curating linguistic resources. This project also encourages community members to contribute to these resources and provides a marketplace for language-related goods and services, creating a sustainable ecosystem for language preservation.
Helping to preserve endangered languages is important to keep traditions alive.
Samhita DAO was born from a deep sense of urgency to save endangered languages from disappearing into oblivion. We understand that a language is more than just a means of communication but a treasure trove of wisdom, traditions, and identity of a community. Witnessing the challenges faced by communities struggling to preserve their languages was a wake-up call, and we knew we had to take action.
What it does
SamhitaDAO is designed to empower communities to preserve and share their endangered languages by providing a safe space where language communities can come together to preserve and celebrate their unique linguistic traditions.
The decentralised platform utilises a range of database templates, including lexical, text, speech, audio, and video databases, to capture and organise linguistic resources in a standardised format. These templates enable communities to create dictionaries & grammar guides as lexical databases, scripts & literature of a language in text format and dialects, stories, folklongs of a language in the form of audio/video. These capture the essence of a language, making it easily accessible and usable for future generations.
The project also incentivizes community members to write templates by awarding royalties when a language template is being used by other members of the language DAO. This means that community members who create useful templates for the project will be rewarded. By incentivizing participation in this way, the Samhita DAO project is able to tap into the collective knowledge of its community and create a valuable resource that benefits everyone involved.
The platform is also built on blockchain technology, which provides an unparalleled level of security and transparency, ensuring that the language resources stored on the platform are safe and tamper-proof. This level of security and transparency is essential for preserving endangered languages as it prevents any malicious actors from manipulating or altering the data.
Project Website https://samhita-dao-one.vercel.app/
Project Test Instructions
Become a member of SamhitaDAO
Contribute as a member of SamhitaDAO
Launch a languageDAO
Join a Language DAO community
Smart Contract links
TemplateNFT : 0x9dE1577567faC621F69FBB1506B91ac23ab6e28a
Samhita: Contract Address 0x325452DF45C4bBE7Dc6d839c0A2785B918DEe0eF | BTTC
SamhitaToken: Contract Address 0x3CB262001E1C83404ed0b1e1408FcF102f03936A | BTTC
LanguageDAOFactory: Contract Address 0x85085FfFEb6C7a07b6B87fC87531a46cB54399cD | BTTC
How we built it
On the BTTC network, we have deployed four smart contracts. The smart contracts are used to create SamhitaDAO and LanguageDAOs - with these you can become a member of DAOs, send proposals, vote for proposals, buy and sell DAO tokens. We have used ERC20 for creating own tokens and ERC721 for minting templates as NFTs.
Our interactive and seamless front end has been created using React.js
Challenges we ran into
The project faced several challenges in researching language preservation and figuring out how to use the DAO model to address this problem. One of the main challenges was finding reliable sources of information about language preservation efforts, particularly in the context of marginalised or endangered languages. Many of these efforts are led by small organisations or individual activists, and information about their work can be difficult to find or access.
Another challenge was determining the most effective approach to language preservation, given the diversity of languages and cultures that the project aims to support. We had to consider factors such as the level of documentation and support that different languages already have, the cultural significance of different languages, and the availability of resources and expertise for language preservation.
In addition to these challenges, we had to figure out how to incentivize members of the DAO to contribute to language preservation efforts for their community. This involved designing a governance structure that would give members a say in decision-making as well as creating incentives for members to contribute their time, expertise, and resources to language preservation projects.
Accomplishments we’re proud of
One major accomplishment we’re proud of is how we were able to put our blockchain knowledge to good use for a good cause. The platform is built on blockchain technology that provides an unparalleled level of security and transparency, ensuring that the language resources stored on the platform are safe and tamper-proof. This level of security and transparency is essential for preserving endangered languages as it prevents any malicious actors from manipulating or altering the data.
The Samhita DAO project has achieved remarkable success in creating a platform that is closely aligned with our goals during the hackathon period. The project aims to create a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) that is dedicated to preserving endangered languages. To this end, the team has developed a platform that captures all aspects of language preservation, including documentation, curation, and dissemination of linguistic resources.
Our success in capturing all aspects of language preservation on the platform is a testament to our dedication to the cause and the technical expertise in developing a robust and scalable solution to the problem of linguistic loss.
What we learned
During the development of the Samhita DAO project, we learned a great deal about creating decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs), how they function, and the role they can play in language preservation. In the context of language preservation, we realised that DAOs could play a critical role in promoting linguistic diversity and protecting endangered languages. By creating a DAO that is dedicated to language preservation, we have created a platform that allows communities to come together to document, curate, and disseminate linguistic resources.
We also learned that language preservation requires a holistic approach that goes beyond simply collecting and storing linguistic data. The Samhita DAO platform incorporates a range of features such as community-based curation and incentivization mechanisms. The platform also emphasises the importance of engaging with the community and building relationships with key stakeholders such as linguists, educators, and language activists. Overall, the Samhita DAO project highlights the potential for DAOs to drive positive social change and promote the preservation of cultural heritage.
What’s next for Samhita DAO
Looking ahead, the Samhita DAO project is gearing up to take language preservation to the next level by creating more language DAOs! We have set our sights on developing more templates and tools to make it easy for communities to create their own language DAOs. We are also working on sprucing up the platform with cool features like multilingual support and user-friendly interfaces to make it more accessible. We will team up with linguists, educators, and other language preservation enthusiasts to ensure that the platform is tailored to the needs of language communities and aligns with best practices in language preservation. With all these exciting developments, the Samhita DAO project is poised to unlock the full potential of language preservation and safeguard linguistic diversity for generations to come!
Aarohi is a talented blockchain developer who believes that language is a vital part of cultural identity. She always wants to ensure that it is protected and passed down to future generations and is always on the lookout for new ways to merge her two passions – technology and language.
Adithya is a skilled frontend developer. With a keen eye for detail, he ensures that the platform’s user experience is seamless and user-friendly. He believes that a well-designed frontend is key to the success of any application and takes pride in delivering high-quality work that meets the needs of Samhita DAO's users.
Aarohi: Blockchain Developer Adithya: Front end Developer