Archives and repositories with digitized audio-visual collections can now improve accessibility of their content with the launch of a new feature in Quartex that allows simple and efficient provision of 100% accurate transcriptions.
Quartex is the digital collections platform from primary source publisher Adam Matthew Digital and benefits from a program of continuous investment and development to ensure that repositories can provide their online communities with an optimal user experience.
The release of this latest functionality allows more users and researchers to discover and understand audio-visual content.
Quartex enables high quality, automated, one-click generation of transcriptions using AWS Transcribe. The feature also generates editable, timecoded closed captions which are replicated as a full file transcription with hyperlinked timecodes. Transcriptions are fully searchable, enabling users to navigate straight to sections of content that are of particular interest or relevance to their research.
However, where sound quality is poor or there is excessive background noise or music, correction of transcription files may be necessary. Users of Quartex can now edit these transcriptions and timecoding to significantly improve the experience for all users, including those who rely on accurate transcriptions to support screen reader technology.
The “edit A/V transcripts” feature is the result of ongoing collaboration between Quartex and institutions involved in its A/V Pilot Project. Created in 2020, the Project represents Quartex’s commitment to delivering innovative platform features that meet real world needs for repositories with A/V holdings, with partner institutions including the University of Florida and Towson University, as well as several additional advisory members.
Another partner institution, Bay Area TV Archive (BATA), a unit of the Special Collections and Archives at San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard Library, has over 50 A/V collections featuring Muhammad Ali, Robert Kennedy campaigning in San Francisco, the Black Panthers, Joan Baez, and more.
"Editing our transcriptions with other vendors used to be a problematic, time-consuming process. The release in Quartex of the ability to edit A/V transcriptions in-platform enhances its position as one of the most intuitive, user-friendly interfaces I've worked with. I'm now fully editing clip transcriptions in a few minutes, which is much more efficient."
Alex Cherian, TV Archivist, Bay Area TV Archive
This latest development further consolidates Quartex’s position as a transcription one-stop-shop, with the ability, unique among digital collections platforms, to generate and edit transcripts in-platform for all manuscript/handwritten, printed text, and audio-visual materials in partners’ digitized collections.
"We are proud and delighted to be able to release our editable A/V transcripts functionality across our platform, and even more so as a direct result of our A/V Pilot Project. We are committed to improving accessibility across every aspect of Quartex, whether through the admin interface or in our partners’ digital collections sites, where it is even more critical to ensure that every user has a similarly rich and rewarding experience."
Martin Drewe, Head of Customer Experience, Adam Matthew Digital