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January 16, 2024

ICOM VoicesICOM Enhances Accessibility with AI-Powered Voice Overs for ICOM Voices Articles

In a groundbreaking move towards inclusivity and technological innovation, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is currently implementing voice overs for its ICOM Voices articles. This dynamic feature harnesses the power of AI technology to offer a more accessible and engaging experience to our diverse audience.

1. Multilingual Voice Over Capability

To ensure that our global community can access and enjoy the insightful content in their preferred language, the articles in English, Spanish, and French will feature AI-generated voice overs available in their respective web page.

2. Commitment to Accessibility and Digital Innovation

This latest addition aligns with ICOM’s strategic plan and its commitment to accessibility and digital innovation in the realm of museums and cultural institutions. By integrating cutting-edge AI technology, ICOM demonstrates its dedication to breaking down barriers and making cultural content more accessible to its audience.

3. Seamless Listening Experience

To enhance user experience, ICOM has introduced a user-friendly audio player situated at the top of each article on its web page. This intuitive feature allows visitors to effortlessly listen to the articles without the need for additional applications or downloads. Users can now engage with content in a way that suits their preferences, be it reading or listening.

4. Featured Articles Available for Listening

Voice over is currently available on top of the following articles:

“A Tale of Two Cities: the Tate Liverpool and the Guggenheim Helsinki in the Satellite Museum Landscape” by Alejandra Linares-Figueruelo 

“Improving Mental Health through Museums: Italy’s Exploration of the Healing Potential of Museum Spaces” by Giulia Mezzalama

ICOM’s embrace of AI-powered voice overs signifies a step forward in making cultural discourse and knowledge accessible to everyone. This initiative not only reflects the council’s commitment to inclusivity but also showcases its dedication to leveraging technology for the benefit of the global museum community. Join us in this exciting journey as we explore the intersection of accessibility, digital innovation, and cultural enrichment through ICOM Voices.