Listening out for language

Tracking the use of languages on broadcast media

Language is the foundation of culture. 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.

An automated system

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.

  • Accurate and up-to-date reporting
  • Visibility of language use to all stakeholders
  • Can be trained to recognise any language or dialect
  • Runs in the cloud, with no software to install or maintain
  • Reports plays of pre-selected songs and music
  • Customisable dashboard
  • Users can play audio to verify classifications

Our work with Te Māngai Pāho

Te Māngai Pāho promotes Māori language and culture through the provision of funding for Māori initiatives in Music, Radio, Television and New Media. Kōkako helps them to track the use of Māori language and music on the stations they fund. This gives visibility of language use across the network in close to real time.

About Dragonfly

We build systems for data. Our statistical work is supported by excellent technical database and software development skills. For Kōkako, we used recurrent neural networks, open-source software, and cloud computing to solve the challenging problem of classifying languages.

Design partner: Salted Herring

Contact Kōkako

If you want to get in touch, or would like a demonstration of Kōkako, send us a message.