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Conducting research interviews securely online

Interviewing online has several advantages. These include the ability to conduct interviews from anywhere, easily link to automated transcription, and take advantage of document sharing. In this blog, we offer guidance for ensuring compliance with ethical and research-data-management obligations when interviewing online. Microsoft Teams – simple and secure Staff and students at the University have …

Launch of the University of Nottingham Automated Transcription Service

Are you a University of Nottingham researcher who records speech as part of your research? Do you transcribe this yourself or pass on the audio for others to transcribe? Digital Research and Information Services are pleased to announce the launch of the University of Nottingham Automated Transcription Service, a new capability built with funding from …

How prototyping helps us move ideas off the drawing-board

This post describes how Digital Research uses Microsoft 365 tools like Power Automate to prototype future services, in collaboration with researchers. The Digital Research Specialists are often relied upon to bring researchers into the process of developing new digital services. Sometimes – when a service doesn’t exist yet – we also build our own “rapid …

Automated Transcription Service – from idea to launch

This post reveals more about the Automated Transcription Service and discusses a rapid-response “early access” trial for researchers impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. Do you record people’s speech as part of your research? Do you transcribe this for analysis or pass on the audio for others to transcribe? Our researchers will soon be able to use …

COVID-19: Digital Research support for researchers

As this extended period of home working continues, our research community faces ever more challenges in maintaining research and is increasingly looking towards digital technology for support. *** Whether it’s to maintain our strong ethos of collaboration both internally and externally, collect and store data, analyse findings, or conserve and preserve outputs, researchers are having …

Investigating Automated Transcription and Translation

The Digital Research Team are working with researchers in the School of Education to explore the potential of automated transcription and translation services. Currently researchers either make use of third-party transcription services or simply transcribe the data themselves. In terms of services, the costs for transcription can be quite high (~£60/hour) which means researchers cannot afford …

Transcription Services: A First Step Toward Safe Use

Researchers who carry out interviews or focus groups will typically digitally record the audio  for later reference and analysis. This data will then get transcribed by the researchers or via a transcription service for a set fee. When using a service, researchers will transmit the audio files to the provider, who then carries out the transcription and …