Making video accessible to refugees

Workshop with translators during training of the Amara platform

Net in Nederland (New to the Netherlands) is a website from the Dutch Public Broadcaster NPO where programs with Dutch, English and Arabic subtitles are made freely available. By using a selection of on-demand media, New to the Netherlands wants to offer refugees and immigrants a guide to Dutch society.
Net in Nederland works with translators using the Amara platform and Amara Editor to create subtitles in English and Arabic from a timed Dutch transcript made by NPO Access Services.

Central to Net in Nederland’s mission is improving people’s language skills. Refugees learning the Dutch language can watch all content on the Net in Nederland website with Arabic subtitles, but the programmes are also a great way to learn more about life in the Netherlands.Having the ability to easily create subtitles not only allows content to reach, inform and help a wider audience, but it also helps translators gain skills they can use in the future.

Amara is an award winning open source platform for community driven captions and subtitles. Within the DeveloperSpace, a series of enhancements were made to increase Amara’s flexibility, modularity, compatibility, and easy-of-use, ultimately driving broader and more cost-effective accessibility for video. The P4A-driven features add compatibility with additional video services, enable users on mobile devices to participate in community accessibility efforts and enable community members to work together in real time to caption and subtitle video.

Amara is a non-profit organization (Prosperity4All partner) with the mission to make online content accessible around the world. Internet video is exploding at an astonishing rate, yet language is still a significant barrier to access. Amara enables millions of people to break down this barrier to make all online content available to everyone.

Lets makes it easy for anyone to caption and subtitle video!

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