[Air-L] out of luck re transcription?

Scott Swigart scottswigart at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 13:51:04 PST 2009

I use CastingWords.com all the time.  They're great and deliver within the
committed time frame.

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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Terrell Russell
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 1:41 PM
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Subject: Re: [Air-L] out of luck re transcription?

On 1/27/09 4:11 PM, jeremy hunsinger wrote:
> I've been told that 'transcription' is actually easily done using
> mechanical turk. You just have to make sure that you stipulate that in
> your IRB or other ethical considerations.
> however, the holy grail of automatic transcription via dragon or other
> tool has not yet been found :(

I've only heard good things about CastingWords.com - it doesn't need to 
be trained as they're transcribed by people - via Amazon Mechanical 
Turk.  Works very well for interviews (even with multiple speakers/voices).

The rates are pretty good - much cheaper than doing it yourself (unless 
your time is free).

I've seen the output myself and vouch for the quality.

PhD Student, SILS, UNC-CH

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