Typing tool designed by college students released to assist with transcribing and checking

Typing tool designed by college students released to assist with transcribing and checking

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Two students from Dublin are the minds behind a new piece of software called Scribe, a new more efficient means of transcribing interviews for all sorts of work.

Marc and Andre, training in machine learning and studying for a master’s degree in electronic commerce respectively at the Dublin City University in Ireland, put their skills together to build Scribe using tools in the Google Cloud Program.

The duo first devised the idea after Andre had to transcribe 12 separate interviews for an academic research assignment. With such a long and careful process ahead of him, the idea was brought up, eventually gaining further interest in the academic community in the process.

From here, Scribe was developed with the intention of offering a universal transcribing tool, one which can adapt to many different file types. The two spoke about using an iPhone for recording and the often-tedious process of converting files to other transcription tools which Scribe works around.

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The scripting from Google Speech API has resulted in a relatively streamlined process. You go to the Scribe website, upload your audio file which transcribes over a few minutes and sends you a link via email to the completed transcription which can then be edited on another page within the tool’s website.

Scribe is available to use for free here, while it still needs a bit of fine-tuning to include full punctuation in its service, it nevertheless delivers one of the more accessible and accurate automatic transcribers you can find on the internet.

The two students behind the program are also available to answer any queries and questions on the site. They also added that Scribe is receiving heavy traffic and usage, stating that files longer than 10 minutes should not be uploaded while they tweak and update it further.

With some improvements, Scribe could become a powerful tool, integrating itself into the work of students from every background.

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