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From: "Tom Morris" <>
Subject: RE: [APG] Digital Recorders and Voice Recognition -- Clarification
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 15:16:37 -0500
> Basically, what I'm looking for is [...] , "plug and
Speech recognition programs such as Dragon's have
improve a lot over the years, but they still require
training to a given voice and significant hand
holding. They are not at all "plug and transcribe"
particularly for multiple unknown speakers.
> I'm involved in a project that will result in
> more than 100 hours
> of recordings (perhaps many more) and there is no time, nor
> sufficient funds,
> to transcribe the material either by traditional methods or
> by repeating the
> subjects' words into Dragon or a similar program,
If that's really true, then you're stuck, but I'd
encourage you to price transcription services before
ruling them out.
If you're constrained to using volunteer labor and
elapsed time is the issue, think about ways that
digital technology and the Internet can act as a
force multiplier. With 100 volunteers (based anywhere
in the world) donating 2-3 hours each, you could
get 100 hours of audio transcribed in a day or two
of elapsed time by emailing them each an hour of
digital audio and having transcribed text emailed back.