> In ethnographic fieldwork on civil society, ethnicity, political
> violence, social development: can any one say what software exists to
> handle the following (ideally integrated but perhaps as components):
> 1. Recording of sound interviews straight onto disk (probably comes
> with most machines nowadays, but needs to be on a laptop,
> preferably a Mac -- actually all of this should ideally be for
> 2. Replay and mark the start-points of interesting sections,
> preferably marking into the sound file itself (if some sound file
> format supports this kind of mark-placement), and attaching a
> keyword to each marked point.
> 3. Build an index of keywords from those points to let you jump back
> to those places.
> 4. An editor to handle the transcription by letting you jump to the
> next mark (by keyword or in sequence), and pause/play the recording
> while you type it up.
> Clearly a lot of this exists as stand-alone systems, but I wondered
> how much it has been integrated (HyTime?)
I believe the SMIL specification and associated implementations will
address the last 3 requirements. Check the W3C site for SMIL, there are
a bunch of developers in the Netherlands working with implementations of
SMIL indexing (sorry no URL).