Actor Morgan Freeman speaks onstage during the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 19 in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
The Wikipedia Voice intro project is collecting 10-second audio recordings of anyone with a bio page on the site, NPR reports.
The BBC is contributing as many as 1,000 audio clips as well, the first time the network has openly licensed audio from its broadcast programs, according to Wikimedia UK.
Audio has benefits over video because some people do not feel comfortable in front of a camera, said Andy Mabbett, the Wikipedia volunteer who came up with the idea and is leading efforts to add more voices to people's Wikipedia pages.
The voice is also a "very personal thing," Mabbett said in an interview with USA TODAY Network.
"If you think about the people you know, if you hear their voice, it's very immediate, even more so than seeing a photograph of them," Mabbett said.
Other famous people with their voices archived on Wikipedia are actor Morgan Freeman,Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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