Cultural collections and the machine: an idiosyncratic pairing challenging the library paradigm
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Tuesday 13 February 2018, 11:25 – 11:55
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In October 2016, the State Library of NSW launched Amplify, an innovative platform that for the first time delivered its digitised audio collections online. Audio files are paired with machine-generated transcripts that can vary in accuracy depending on the quality of the audio. Amplify allows users to correct the transcripts as they listen along. This use of machine-learning was a first for cultural institutions in Australia and has shone a spotlight on the exciting potential this technology promises in evolving library business. This paper details the development of Amplify, and explores the transformation that machine-learning can offer when applied in a library context.
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