SayIt

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Name
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SayIt
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Transcript, Transparency Tools, Data Analysis
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MySociety
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Web
Website
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http://sayit.mysociety.org/
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free
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English
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Beginner

Tool Description

An Open Source tool for making transcripts easy to read, search and share on the modern internet. Often when meetings and discussions are recorded, the output is in form of a large text file or, a PDF that one is unable to parse. SayIt breaks these transcripts down into easily readable, searchable, linkable conversations.

Meetings are at the heart of institutional decision-making, and transcripts of meetings provide us with a window into the decision-making process. SayIt is a tool for recording and analyzing transcripts of parliamentary proceedings, court hearings and other records of events.

From the SayIt Website:

"Transcripts are a kind of oil that greases the wheels of well-functioning societies. They let people discover when powerful people have made pronouncements that affect less powerful people. We believe that by making transcripts function better, more people will end up learning about decisions and opinions that affect their lives."

SayIt can be used by:

  • Journalists, who want to store, search and publish both the transcripts of specific events, and databases of speeches and statements by politicians.
  • Officials in courts, who want to produce transcripts that are quicker and easier to use.
  • Officials in parliaments and other assemblies, who want to make transcripts that the public and politicians can more easily make use of.
  • Researchers who have records of interviews with subjects, who want that data to be quick and easy to access, even if private.
  • Campaigners and activists who want to track what certain people say about key issues.

SayIt helps achieve transparency by making it easier for viewers to discover what leaders are saying and to attribute their words back to them.

A SayIt page can be hosted for free on MySociety or can be copied through it's GitHub page: https://github.com/mysociety/sayit.

SayIt can support conversations of any language. The designers have said they are interested in supporting the translation of the website into non-English languages.

Users can enter information manually (with the help of peers through Crowdsourcing) or automatically importing information in the Akoma Ntoso XML Standard.

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