Have a look at my web site - there you will find three Code-A-Text
programmes offering varying degrees of complexity, which are devoted to
handling transcribed data.
For a minimalist approach look at CTANKS. This new programme provides
copying, recording, dictation and transcription facilities plus a powerful
code and retrieve programme which also enables you to output your data to
other programmes and to create new sound files containing those aspects of
an interview you want. This is a low cost programme.
At the other extreme is CISAID which provides very powerful transcription,
coding and hypothesis testing for both qualitative and quantitative
approaches to analysis. The forthcoming updates to CISAID will also make
available an acoustic manager which allows you to look at features such as
pitch, volume, speech rate, hesitancy etc.
In both programmes you can choose which sections of a recording to code and
code directly against a recording without transcribing.
Additionally you can combine them with IBM Via Voice (I have not tried
Dragon Dictate). This technique lets you play the digital recording via
the Code-A-Text programme and then dictate, using the transcription
software, the transcribed text back into the Code-A-text programme. It of
course does not make up for the deficiencies of transcription software. As
far as I can see their accuracy varies enormously between individuals, with
the emotional state of the individual when dictating (because emotion
effects the way we pronounce words) and with different subject matter.
Both programmes work with video and audio data and can also play MP3 files.
At 10:27 18/08/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>Having just joined this list, I have no idea what discussion has been going
>on. However, I'm hoping that someone will have some information to help me.
>I'm about to start interviews as part of my data collection and would like
>to find the easiest way of transcribing them. I plan to use Fairclough's
>minimalist approach to transcription, which means that I'm not concerned
>with recording pause times etc. So, has anyone used any voice recognition
>software that copes well with interviews?
>School of Education
>James Cook University
>Townsville QLD 4811
>Phone: 4781 4761
Alan Cartwright PhD
Director Code-A-Text Ltd.
Hon. Senior Lecturer Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Studies.
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CISAID: Powerful Multi-Media Software for Analysing Interviews and Dialogues.
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