Description• LecTrans – Lecture(Audio/Video) Transcription process.• What is LecTrans ? It’s a business model for providing service to convert the audio/video lecture sessions by lecturers to text, with the help of microworkers.• Why LecTrans? There are various reasons why many clients would want to obtain services for transcription of a lecture: 1. Educational Institutes: Universities/colleges require the professors lectures to be transcripted for providing the same in text format to the distant learning students. 2. Professors: Compile their own sessions for publishing book or other publication for distribution. 3. Students: Allows students who are better visual learners to read the information and grasp it well. 4. Disabled Students: Allows students with hearing disabilities to see the text of the lecture.
Microwork EmployerLecTrans Process Media File Splitter Audio File Software Split Media Segments Video File Micro work Media Segment Output Collator Distributor Software Software Client Digital Text Media Digital Text Files Output Segment Microworker
LecTrans Process• Client sends Audio/Video Lecture File to MicroWork Employer.• Media File Splitter Software divides the media file into numerous segments of say 2 minutes length.• Media Segment Distributor Software, distributes the segments to microworkers via mms/internet.• Each Segment is assigned a sequence number.• Microworker will watch/hear the segment and transcript the media file to plain text format and send the output to employer (sms/internet).• The output will additionally contain the sequence number information as well, which will be same as microwork Segment number, so that the text output from various microworkers can be collated/organized into a final complete text by Output Collator Software.• The plain text can be converted to required electronic format (pdf,html,etc.) as desired by the client and then send to him/her.
Payment• MicroWork Employer can charge $1.00 per minute of the media file to the client.• MicroWoker can earn $0.20 per minute, so if he does the transcription for one minute per day, he can get approximately $6.00 per month.• In case of Specialized knowledge of lecture subject is required, more skilled MicroWorkers will be required and the cost can be increased to $2 per minute of the media file to the client. Microworker can earn $1 per minute of transcription.
Benefits• MicroWorker can earn good amount of money for transcription which is fairly a simple and quick (few minutes) job [where special domain knowledge is not required].• The mobile phone required for the process can be a basic model, though audio and screen must be of reasonable quality.• Some transcriptions might require diverse set of domain knowledge, but with abundant microwork network at disposal, the job can be distributed accordingly. Challenges• Some transcription like research level lectures might require additionally skilled microworkers.• Video/Audio Codes must be available on microworker’s mobile for those to play correctly.