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How TranscribeMe Crowd-Sourced Transcription Adds Value to Schools

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How TranscribeMe Crowd-Sourced Transcription Adds Value to Schools: Transcribe me is faster, easier, more accurate, and less costly than the market competitors. This has a number of positive benefits. I will get into those later. First, I will describe how transcription adds value to schools, even with nationwide budget constraints in both the public and private sectors.

As most people know, the public school system, especially in inner-city districts, has always had a problem with school attendance. Research conducted on the relationship between note-reviewing and positive school performance shows that the two have a very high correlation with each other. On the other hand, research has also shown that transcriptions taken by college students typically include less than 50% of the ideas presented and the amount of content recorded varies systematically with course performance.

Beta products – jump onboard to shape the future

It’s an all too familiar frustration, buying a new product, only to have it surpassed by a better, cheaper model a few months later. Many purposely seek out the torture, after buying a product, of wandering through stores comparing prices and specs with their purchase. Suffering envy’s wrath when inevitably the new product comes out cheaper and better. But there is some consolation available — in some cases — for those of you who get some form of altruistic pleasure out of doing something for the “greater good.”

Your prize — knowing you are shaping the future of technology.

Five Freaking Fantastic DEMO FACTS

TranscribeMe are heading to DEMO Asia. There are five good reasons to get excited about this – based on survey results spanning 20 years of DEMO.

The Magic Wand of Transcription

I made the mistake, once, of volunteering to transcribe an interview for a friend, thinking all I needed was my handy skill of typing at an average of 80 wpm. Unfortunately this was not enough – not considering when the average human talks at a speed of 110 – 150 wpm. It cost almost three hours — and a splitting headache — to filter through the 30-minute interview and create some semblance of sense on paper. A magic wand would have come in handy.

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Transcription Security Imperative

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Clients say that security of transcription, retention of content integrity and confidentiality are imperative aspects of a transcription service. Anonymous, the internet hacking stalwart group, famous for hacking the FBI and others, has advised they will bring down the entire internet, all 13 DNS servers run by the American government, on March 31 this year.

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Why You Should Transcribe Spoken Word Poetry

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Transcription has been discussed in the context of industry and government here and elsewhere for as long as there has been a spoken word and a transcriber to record that word. Today transcription is still primarily discussed in terms of business or governance but to exclude the personal, creative and artistic benefits of transcription from the limelight is to deprive the world of some of its most profound and engaging text.

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The Essence of Communication

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On a personal level, the reasons for communication are self-evident. We wish to relay a message or make a request. Dialogue is arguably the most meaningful exchange in personal communication. Dialogue is distinguished from conversation, debate or discussion by the fact that with ‘true dialogue’ there are two critical factors that do not exist in other forms of communication. These are the need to listen; listen in true dialogue is defined as hearing the other person’s position without waiting to interject, and without bias. The other is the intrinsic instinct for dialogue that is inherent in all of us and is an underlying basis of understanding that goes beyond conscious dialogue to something much deeper, which is a communal dialogue.

How Transcribing Has Changed Over the Years

Back in the day, a transcriber would sit at a desk equipped with cabling running from an enormous PC to headphones the size of a military gas mask. Feet would sit perched on a big, flat, foot pedal with more cabling connected to a dictation device containing an audio tape. The transcriber would wind forward and back by pressing a foot pedal listening to the audio while typing onto a keyboard with keys the size of typewriter buttons. Those good old days were only 10 years ago!

Crowd Sourcing: Learning New Lessons

Crowd sourcing is the term du jour in many professional service industries today but that isn’t to say it’s a passing fad. The concept is as old as brokering the services of people and that has been going on for a very long time. The irony is that crowd sourcing as a solution began to lose favor when it looked like computers would be able to assume the tasks of multiple humans. The premise was that computers would become more efficient in terms of speed and accuracy than their human counterparts. Transcription services are one area where confidence was running high that computers would take over. That has proved untrue and human transcription has surged ahead of computers in favor by those who require high accuracy and decent return times, but transcription isn’t the only field experiencing a return to mass human resources.

Sourcing the Crowd

There is a lot of buzz around crowd sourcing but most proponents of utilising crowds for everything from opinion to transcription are missing the point. Crowds are used to replace computers that are inefficient at coping with human inflection. The quality of the crowd is key. A crappy crowd is as efficient as a crappy computer program. Some humans are as inept at understanding subtleties in speech and many are incapable of translating speech in a way traditionally referred to as phonetic transcription. Bad crowds are no better than computers at comprehending inflection or the grammatical elements required for speech segmentation.