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Re: Dragon speech transcription

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James Morley <[log in to unmask]>

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Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:36:16 +0100

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As a slight aside, I was at an event the other night where the BBC reported they had digitised the entire World Service archive and then transcribed it automatically. They reported a 50% success rate as far as I recall, but what they were looking to do was extract metadata/tagging, not full transcriptions.

Overview of event: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/view/semantic_web

Video of presentation (see second half): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCnpSsxsb5U&list=PL5906124C50F16299&index=6&feature=plpp_video

Summary of project: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/researchanddevelopment/2012/03/automatically-tagging-the-worl.shtml

The person to contact is Yves Raymond (@moustaki on Twitter)

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Patricia Reynolds
> Sent: 11 April 2012 14:17
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Dragon speech transcription
> 
> Dear colleagues,
> 
> I'm dictating this using Dragon professional 11.
> 
> Dragon has advanced greatly over the last few years, and I expect that
> it would now be able to cope with such things as non-trilled Rs. It
> certainly manages my mangled English Rs.
> 
> However, it does need to be trained. This is done in several ways,
> including an initial setup involving reading passages, providing
> program with access to one's e-mail and word documents, and by
> religiously correcting every error seen indication using the programs
> correction function rather than over typing. The person using the
> program also needs to be trained: there are lots of little tools and
> ways of using which improve the recognition of the software.
> 
> This means that Dragon is not an easy way to take something such as an
> oral history interview and  convert it into text.  The most cost-
> effective way I know of doing this is to pay a professional audio
> typist.  If that is not possible, I have known people who have played
> back the tape over headphones, and dictated what they hear into a
> microphone using either Dragon, or the Microsoft voice recognition
> system.
> 
> With best wishes,
> 
> Pat
> 
> Ps: The errors I have corrected in making this e-mail are: capitalised
> to words where the auto capitalisation did not work, collected thrilled
> to trilled, are to Rs, and convert it to converted.
> 
> Dr . Pat Reynolds
> Surrey Heritage Manager
> 
> 01483 518754
> 07770 326270
> 
> Surrey History Centre
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> Woking
> Surrey
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> Archive of the Year 2012:
> http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/news/001033.html
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> 
> Giuseppe Sollazzo <[log in to unmask]> Sent by: Museums Computer Group
> <[log in to unmask]>
> 11/04/2012 13:40
> Please respond to
> Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject
> Re: [MCG] Dragon speech transcription
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> I used it to dictate part of an essay in my native language, Italian,
> 5 years ago, and tried it with my thesis, in English.
> 
> Results for me were disappointing:
> - - in English, as I expected, it was not too accurate (my accent is,
> naturally, not that of a native speaker)
> - - in Italian was more accurate but as I can't roll "Rs" it was
> missing
> all words containing any "R"... my fault, ok, but I was expecting to
> be able to train this.
> 
> That said, it was 5 years ago so hopefully things have moved a bit :)
> 
> Giuseppe
> 
> On 11/04/12 12:25, J DAVIS wrote:
> > I was going to try using it for that a few years ago but had too
> > much problem at the time getting it to recognise my own speech.
> > Obviously the software will have improved since then. I think that
> > it could depend on the accents and could take a lot of training if
> > using with more than one voice. I would be very interested to hear
> > if anyone has done it. It would be an interesting experiment.
> >
> > Janet
> >
> > Janet E Davis
> >
> > --- On Wed, 11/4/12, Mark Osborne <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> From: Mark Osborne <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Dragon
> >> speech transcription To: [log in to unmask] Date: Wednesday, 11
> >> April, 2012, 12:06 hi
> >>
> >> is anyone using any of Dragons software as an aid to
> >> transcription?
> >>
> >>
> >> Mark
> >>
> >>
> >> Mark Osborne Creative Technologist Carnival Archive Project
> >> UKCCA
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