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  • Interns - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested interns section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Mentors - If you are interested in this project, add your name to the Interested mentors section below along with a brief description of why you're interested and why you'd be a good mentor for this project, along with any specific ideas for execution you might have beyond the project description.
  • Others - If you are interested in this project in a role other than that of potential mentor or potential intern (example: you are an organization, a potential end-user/tester, may have helpful resources, or want to be notified if the project is chosen), add your name to the Other interested parties section below with contact information and details.
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The deadline for editing this proposal or adding yourself to the list is 11:59pm EST (GMT-5) on August 6, 2007.

Project description

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Note that this is a very technology-heavy idea, and will need some tech-hackers to work on the code implementation. In the meantime, it should be possible to create the wiki and start adding transcripts by hand.

The problem: Audio on the web is not accessible to people with hearing disabilities or those who speak a language other than the one recorded.

The idea: A website where you can type in the url of any audio or video file and see the transcript for that file as the file itself plays. For instance, you enter the url of a YouTube video which has been filmed in Urdu, but you speak Portuguese; the video plays in one half of your browser and the transcript (translated to Portuguese) is displayed in the other half.

The catch: The "database" is actually a wiki, with each transcript as a separate wikipage. That way, people can edit, add to, and correct transcripts, translate them into different languages, and merge/redirect transcripts of identical files. When someone enters a file url into the WikiTranscript site, a few things happen:

  • The site checks to see if the transcript is already in its database. If so, it directs the person to that transcript and finishes. If not...
  • The site checks whether the file is in an audio or video format that is readable to WikiTranscript, and that the audio quality is sufficient to start a machine translation. If so, it passes the audio through a speech recognition engine and outputs the results on a wikipage, then directs the person to that transcript. If not, it displays a "sorry, I can't understand this file either" message and offers the option to try doing a manual transcription, or to request someone (from a pool of volunteers) to do a manual transcription.

The technologies: Probably using Mediawiki for the wiki engine. Mel Chua is looking for people to experiment with various open source speech recognition engines to see if the transcription quality is adequate.

Interested interns

Intern name

Contact information, why you'd be good for the job, any specific plans, variants, or details you would personally like to implement and why

Interested mentors

Mel Chua

Contact info on userpage. I've got a personal interest in this project, since I'm hearing-impaired and frustrated by the amount of content on the web (podcasts, videos) that's utterly inaccessible to me. Have experimented a little with open-source speech recognition engines in the past, can help with technological aspects of the project as well as community-building.

Other interested parties

Name

Contact information, what your interest is

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