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Kōkako

Language Tracking App
Listening out for language
Tracking the use of languages on broadcast media

Kōkako is the brainchild of Dragonfly Data Science who came up with the idea, and built the software. We partnered with them to develop the brand identity and user experience design for this very smart web app. We collaborated on the front end development.

Kōkako reports on the use of languages in broadcast media, allowing communities and agencies to monitor usage of the languages and dialects that matter to them. Language usage can be followed second by second, and the data summarised in daily and monthly reporting. Kōkako was developed to measure the usage of Māori language across New Zealand radio.

Monitoring language manually can be labour intensive and time consuming. Kōkako is an automated system that continuously listens to broadcasts, tracking spoken language use. Reporting is available in close to real time, allowing broadcasters or stakeholders to follow activity on their networks. Kōkako can be trained to recognise any language or dialect, with reporting customised for specific communities or agencies.

This project has won a Purple Pin in the Best Awards.

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