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Re: Transcribing UFO Podcasts And Documentaries

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:36:26 -0500
Archived: Sun, 11 Nov 2012 05:46:33 -0500
Subject: Re: Transcribing UFO Podcasts And Documentaries

>From: Isaac Koi <isaackoi.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:12:55 +0000
>Subject: Transcribing UFO Podcasts And Documentaries

>A while ago I mentioned I was interested in including PDF
>transcripts of podcasts in my growing library of digitised UFO

>I thought I'd report back to this List about a bit of
>experimenting I conducted with a few options.

>The results were rather disappointing.

>After a bit of searching, it seemed that the two most promising
>pieces of software were Dragon Naturally Speaking and Adobe
>Soundbooth's Speech Search transcription function.



A few thoughts...

The technology needed to provide full interpretation doesn't yet
exist, and all it can do it make educated guesses as to the
actual text. In our testing (albeit, years ago) we found that
the time spent proof-reading the transcripts was equal to the
time needed to do it manually. Dragon software is probably the
best known, and has been around for a couple of decades, and
took a process that ran on a mainframe and boiled it down to the

Does this genre actually have the organization to think in terms
or trying to convert existing audio into text and maintaining it
somewhere? I still see a number of separate efforts to compile
and archive information in different ways that won't communicate
with each other, and I don't want to get into the bureaucratic
issues involved. There are thousands of hours of various audio
clips and programs that would be of interest to some, and it
would be nice to be able to search it by text. But how many
people would actually end up using this data, or will it be
primarily used by those who are already in the genre? To be
honest, I see a lot of organizational and archiving effort going
into this genre, but very little in the way of impact outside
that small sphere of people.

I started this idea in the mid 90's, trying to generate PDFs of
existing texts, but ran into a lot of pushback from copyright
owners and the hope of simply making information available
became lost. I would also mention that a lot of the old radio
programs are still owned by the original radio station or
broadcast group that aired it, so that's a lot of fun to track
down. And sometimes the ownership is with a University archive
and they can be really tough to deal with as they look on their
archived material as a profit source for copies.


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