Technology For Audio Typing And Transcription In Field Researches

Audio Typing And Transcription TechnologyAudio typing and transcriptionist technology are vastly used in many researches. They have made it easier for people to go about their work, as they know that it will be recorded with efficiency and in an effective manner.

Researches were usually conducted and written with handwritten field notes. That used to be a drawback as it took the focus on the subject. The attention had to be divided. In recent years, due to the advent of more technological advances times have changed for the better.

A little bit of History

It was not until the 1970s that the first portable audio recording was used. This gave the opportunity to the researcher to not only focus on the subject but also to be able to directly translate what was being said, later. It was firmly believed that the creative use of the technology could result in a greater concentration levels in the field and hence lead to more discoveries. Moreover, they can be used without interfering or being obtrusive.


The freedom to concentrate on the subjects more goes a long way into making the study more concrete. You are given the opportunity to interact more openly with the participants. You begin to notice the subtle actions and reactions that otherwise would have escaped your attention if you had been focused on jotting down their answers. These are “taken for granted features” of the way people talk and most of the time people fail to recognize and remember these subtle gestures. This would in turn affect reliability of the study without you even realizing it.


The usual methods of audio recording, typing and transcriptionists are still used. Audio typing can be used when you want someone to jot down your thoughts so that you can remember them later. The technology used for audio typing is simple enough and anybody given a simple tutorial can use it.

A transcriptionist will have a more varied approach. He or she will have to comprehend not only what the boss is relaying but also what other people are stating. This will require you to have the ability to apprehend different dialects and tune out all the noise that may otherwise irritate or bug you.

The process of transcription can be lonely and tiring. It may take hours for you to write down everything so that you may be able to present it to your boss. Even for a fast typist, translating and transcribing may take several hours. The pressure on him or her is immense is the entire research has to be put on hold until and unless the transcriptionist gives the end and final product.

While an audio typist has a more narrowed down job, most of the time a transcriptionist has to be versatile and be able to easily adapt to different lines of work they may be put to. While the technology has helped this work of line in becoming easier, it still requires hard work and patience.

It is a huge advantage to use transcriptionists and audio typists in field researches.

Author Bio: Linda Joyce is very adept at technology and all things related. She has been writing for a transcription services company, 1st Class, for ten years and counting.