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Transcripts for Accessibility and Discoverability

By DimityM Posted Under News

Screenshot of CV page showing video with caption and transcript
Over the past few months we have been adding transcripts and captions to all of the video and audio content on Culture Victoria.

The transcripts and captions improve the accessibility of our content for people with disabilities who cannot hear audio or see video, and assist us in meeting the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We have also found that captions are really useful for watching videos within a work environment or on mobile device when you may not have headphones to listen to the audio.

Another benefit of adding transcripts and captions to video and audio content is that it makes the content more discoverable online. Previously audio and video recordings on Culture Victoria were only searchable by using the name of the recording and the text from a brief description. Now that we have the full transcript text available on the site, they can easily be scanned and searched within the page by researchers, and full transcripts are now indexed by search engines, making deep connections to the multimedia content possible.

There are various ways in which you can obtain transcripts for audio and video content. You can create them yourself or crowdsource captions and transcripts using a service such as Amara, or you can engage a third party supplier to do it for you. 

We have used an external supplier for our transcripts, but they are not experts in the specialist content on Culture Victoria. We have done our best to error check the transcripts but with hundreds of videos and audio recordings on CV, we know that there will still be some errors - particularly with regard to Australian slang and Victorian place names.

If you notice any errors when reading the film captions or transcripts, please let us know so that we can make the necessary corrections.

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As part of this accessibility update, we have moved to YouTube as a hosting service for our new video content, and have published the majority of our older films on the Culture Victoria YouTube channel. We hope that by creating different pathways to our content we may uncover new audiences.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions or queries.

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