6 years ago, I wrote an article titled "Do we have a true open source dictation machine?". At that time, there was no such thing called voxforge. It is a programmer/speech researcher's dream to build open source speech recognizer.
But that was impossible. As I attempted to argue in the article, unless a recognizer open both the ASR-engine and the models. We could hardly call that open source speech recognizer.
VoxForge changed this. From my initial browse, Ken had brought awareness of the community that we need to collect *both data and source code*.
VoxForge's effort has been benefiting several projects and I find this is an exciting future.
Should I rewrite my article now? My friends in the speech community! May be my view was outdated.
I don't know the answer, but kudos to everyone in VoxForge and notably Ken who started this effort. I sincerely hope one day open source speech recognition will be avaiable to everyone in the planet.
a nick I love
"The Grand Janitor of Sphinx"