Monday, May 18, 2015

Press Release: to Offer Affordable Transcription Solutions in Chicago Region an online audio transcription company has recently announced their plans for opening a new office at Chicago Business district.  The NY based company will be hiring an office space suitable for a workforce of 12 to 15 transcribers. Currently the company offers general transcription and legal transcription as a part of their service portfolio. 

The plan to venture out in Chicago business space came from Melvin Wong, one of the senior typist. Melvin throws some light on the business move, “Our company primarily NY based, hence most of our customers are very localized. We are constantly striving to grow and expanding into other American states is a way that I think we could venture into. Chicago being the third populous city after NY and LA, many of our target clienteles are present in strong numbers. Currently we are looking at capturing the therapists segment as we begin to introduce our services. Later on, depending upon our foothold we will be targeting academicians and the legal segment transcription here at Chicago.”
The company hires experienced and fresh transcriptionists for their backend work. With the new office, some of the more experienced transcribers will be moving to the Chicago office in the coming few months. Also, part of the hiring will be done in Chicago for local home-based transcribers. Melissa McDonald, hiring manager says “For transcription hiring we are following a 40-60 rule where 40 percent of our transcriber will be experienced and probably will be our current  NY office. The rest 60 percent will be fresh recruits from local Chicago area. 

We are also looking at home-based transcribers as a business strategy to offset costs.  Home based transcription jobs help us to save on personnel costs, office space and it cost and travel expenses that are partly borne by the company. It also gives an opportunity to moms who possess the necessary transcription skills and experience but otherwise may not be able to take up a job due to home life commitments.”
Chicago is the city of Doctors with thousand of medical personnel, therapists, psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists. In addition to the medical sector, Chicago has a strong potential for academic transcriptions. There are more than 35 universities in Chicago. Some of the well known ones are Chicago State University, Purdue University, Loyola University, Roosevelt University and University of Illinois. Most of these universities offer PHD programs. as a part of their academic services for college and university students who require thesis and dissertation transcribing services. Prices for the same have been kept low. Melissa tells us more on the pricing front – “When it comes to students and lecturers, we tend to downshift our prices to the maximum extent possible. Our big plan is to cater to as many Chicago universities as possible. We will do so by offering services at excellent affordable rates. Students will be eligible for discount and free transcription hours as a part of our Loyalty program”
The company has begun advertising in leading newspapers and magazines for transcription job hiring and simultaneously  for a suitable real estate property. 

Source: The original PR can be found at

Sunday, May 17, 2015

21 Dissertation Tips for Students Interviewing Study Participants

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#21 Dissertation Tips
Are you getting ready to conduct interviews for your dissertation paper? Well here are some tips that we think are important before you get started on your interviews.
  1. Set expectations: Inform the study participants of the estimated duration of the interview. And what you are looking to get out of the interview.  
  2. State the purpose of your dissertation early on. 
  3. Avoid asking too many personal questions.
  4. Send a list of interview questions a week before the scheduled date of the interview. 
  5. Don’t enter into an argument with the participant. 
  6. Avoid any kind of manipulation. 
  7. Thank them at the end of interview for their valuable time.
  8. Do not forget to send a copy of your research at the end of the dissertation publication.
  9. At the end of the interview ask them if it's okay to get in touch or call them in case you have any further questions. 
  10. Inform them that if during the interview they would like to go "off the record" then please free do say so. 
  11. Is the research covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC)? Inform the speakers about the same. 
  12. Set the duration of the interview. An ideal length of a good interview is under 60 minutes.
  13. Choose the primary mode of communication. We highly recommend using email for most of communications. For urgent matters the next best alternative is Phone and SMS. 
  14. Will the interview be transcribed? Be sure to send the participant the dissertation interview transcript for their approval. Anything that needs to be censored off can be done at this point.
  15. Avoid noisy rooms such as restaurants and cafes to conduct the interview. Choose a conference room or a university lecture hall instead. 
  16. Will the interview be voice recorded? Place the digital voice recorder closer to the speaker instead of in the middle. Majority of the time the maximum talking is done by the interviewee. So the voice recorder needs to be positioned closer to the interviewee for best recording and for subsequent voice recording transcription purposes. 
  17. Focus Group prep: Tell the participants to speak one by one and avoid cross talking as the focus group will be digitally voice recorded and a clear recording is desirable. 
  18. Show the list of interview questions to your project head and mentor. Get their prior approval is feasible. 
  19. Try and not cross the time limit set for the interview. Incase there are still unanswered questions left when the time limit is fast approaching ask the participants if they have spare time to extend the interview.
  20. Unanswered questions and post interview questions can be asked via email. 
  21. Ask the speaker if they could recommend (someone in their business group or friend circle) whom you could interview. 


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Videconferencing: What is Telepresence?

Telepresence is a type of a video conference in which the participants appear to feel as they are sitting face to face in a room. Telepresence basically has it's series of technology, pieces of hardware specifically built for telepresence conference and specific codecs for the system.

Here is what the classic video conferencing room looks like

And here is what a modern Telepresence Videoconference room looks like

Advantages of Using Telepresence for Conferencing

  • Save on travelling expenses as there is no need to travel across countries for a meeting.
  • The use experience is just fantastic. It is not glitch and wobbly as is the case when the traditional Skype conference or Google Hangout conference would hang due to the bandwidth shortages.
  • The conference is secure.
  • It feels as if the participants are in the room.
  • Mounted cameras are able to capture videos in HD 4K and 1080p video format. 


Disadvantages of using Telepresence

  • The goal of a telepresence is to make the person feel as is the meeting is happening face to face. However there are a couple of drawback in deploying the system.
  • The first deterrent is the cost itself. Let's take the Cisco Telepresence solutions for instance. The Cisco Telepresence System 3200 will set you back by $350,000. And this excludes the internet bandwidth costs. Polycoms Telepresence systems too cost in the same range of $300,000 to half a million dollars.
  • What if you own a small to a medium size business? The costs of owning the device is much less at $35,000. But $35,000 is still a lot for SMBs. Compared to the classic desktop conferencing the charges are significantly higher. So talking about ROI may not prove to be sensible.
  • Installation time:It can take anywhere from 5-7 days to setup a telepresence system. However newer and improved telepresence systems such as the Cisco IX 5000 claim that their systems can be deployed in 8 hours.

Holographic Telepresence

Would Could Be Improved In Telepresence?


1. Integration of Real Time Video Translation: Skype recently announced the launch of the Skype Real Time Translator. Skype Translator is tool for Skype which translates the voice calls in to a given language. The tool comes free of cost so there translation process is free. And you get to see the transcripts on the chat window. So one thing that telepresence system could make use of is a tool like Skype Real Time Translator. 

2. Digital Whiteboard:  A whiteboard is a regular whiteboard that one sees in office during presentation except that it is digital and interactive. So images you load a digital whiteboard on your tablet attached on the desk. The same whiteboard is being viewed on the other end. While giving a presentation, you can make drawings, add text, sounds and images on this whiteboard. And it happens both ways. So the other person can do the same thus creating an interactive session.
Whiteboards have been widely used in the education industry for giving lecturer, teaching subjects, teaching foreign languages, teaching maths etc. 

3. Image recognition: Wolfram recently announced their Image Identify project where users can upload any image onto their website and their sophisticated image language algorithms with tell you what that particular image is about. The project is similar to Imagenet where people like Fei Fei Li are working on image identification projects and have achieved huge success. Below is a TED presentation by Fei on how this winning image identification computers architecture hold exciting potential in the future.  

4. Incorporating image recognition can help automatically identify the participants by names, display their names on the screen. 

 Companies offering Telepresence

  • Cisco
  • Polycom
  • Tandberg
  • Logitech


How much does it cost?

The cost of setting up a telepresence room is anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000. This excludes the cost of the bandwidth which has to be purchased separately. The two most prominent players offering bandwidth for video conferencing on the cloud (including Telepresence) is Blue Jeans and Fuzebox.

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