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 >material. >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. <snip> Isaac, 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 PC. 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. Steve Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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