Deconstructing Human Assisted Video Transcription and Annotation for Legislative Proceedings

Thorsten Ruprechter, Foaad Khosmood and Christian Gütl
Journal of Digital Government: Research and Practice

Legislative proceedings present a rich source of multidimensional information that is crucial to citizens and journalists in a democratic system. At present, no fully automated solution exists that is capable of capturing all the necessary information during such proceedings. Even if professional-quality automated transcriptions existed, other tasks such as speaker or rhetorical position identifications are not fully automatable. This work focuses on improving and evaluating the transcription software used by the Digital Democracy initiative, named Transcription Tool.