Made a quick, rough thing for the current OGM call: a summarizing transcript (CSV). It’s supposed to offer a fast overview over the topics covered, and invites to dive in deeper, also allowing to skip other parts or noise.
Did it only for the checkin part. There’s the option now to expand it to the remaining portion of the video recording, using any kind of spreadsheet tool like LibreOffice Calc, maybe Gnumeric works too, or a simple plain-text editor. Even if there are some issues with the file format, I would assume that I can clean it up if needed, and in case of doubt, why not start with just a small portion, share that and see if/how it fits? I don’t think we need to over-engineer/-organize right now to avoid having multiple people doing the same section and therefore unnecessarily duplicating the work, just coordinate in this thread and later there could be great tools and interfaces for such a data capture/input activity, as well as organizing the process.
The main idea here is that such a summarized transcript allows the later extraction/mining of all sorts of data feeds from it, as it’s already very apparent and tangible from this little example.
In terms of the content, please correct or suggest corrections, or indicate if you’re not comfortable with being in the summarized transcript at all or if the representation is misleading (also, preferred name, etc.), would like to grant everybody who participated in the call or is otherwise affected a veto for careful consideration. On the other hand, keep in mind that the recording and the statements therein are public. The summarized transcripts might be licensed in a way which hasn’t been determined yet, as the particular expression is property of the author/contributor by default, says the legislator (might also be in part a database work). No need to freak out about the data collection and mining, usually nobody really cares much or finds these or looks into them. Plus, testing how to go about media literacy/competency.
Want to add that the medium of such synchronous online calls is totally terrible (despite feeling good of course), as there’s no technical structures, semantics or tools that can be applied, and if the topics aren’t super-relevant, it’s most of the time barely worth the effort for investing scarce human lifetime to extract what was buried in there after the fact, for no good reason other than using proper tooling in the first place. Philosophical discussion is quite fine, the coordination of practical projects or data/knowledge management however have to be conducted much better, especially for/at scale. Still, inviting to this activity to get started, which can then bootstrap towards a whole range of potential solutions. Note that I didn’t work from the transcript, that’s more useful as input for automatic processing, which we might want to as well, just separately. The argument for the transcript is usually that it helps finding topics by full-text search, fine, but ideally you would want it already filtered, federated, curated, I would guess.
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