|An infographic showing some key questions that researchers can ask themselves when thinking about using automated transcription (Author: @CaitlinHafferty)|
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Automated transcription software is rapidly advancing and has huge potential to transform essential research tasks. However, there are lots of important considerations for its use, particularly when conducting qualitative research interviews. For example, common questions include: "How accurate and reliable is automated transcription?", "Does it create a barrier to understanding, interpreting, and familiarising yourself with the data from qualitative interviews?", "Are there any issues with regards to privacy, security, and safe storage?, "Are there any known ethical issues that I need to consider?".
On the 24th June 2021, I ran a webinar on Automated Transcription for Qualitative Research as part of the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) seminar series. The aim of this webinar was to discuss some of the practical and ethical considerations for using automated transcription for research purposes, drawing from my own experiences during my PhD (building on three blog posts I wrote in 2020 - an introduction to automated transcription, a tutorial, and some ethical and GDPR considerations).
This blog post shares some key take-home messages from this webinar. I spoke about what automated transcription is, the various applications which are available in 2021, some of the key useful features of one particular app (Otter.ai) and how to use them, and some ethical and GDPR issues that researchers can consider when thinking about using automated transcription in their own work. You can view the webinar recording, PowerPoint slides, and transcripts via the links and the video below:
Five take-home messages: what are the practical and ethical considerations for automated transcription?
|Automated transcription is not a replacement for human input (Picture: transcriptionwing)|
|Automated transcription and informed consent|