Building a European Cultural Backbone

Open Audio Search
05-25, 11:05–11:30 (Europe/Berlin), Lab

Presentation and discussion of the Open Audio Search project. It uses automated speech recognition to turn spoken word into text, which is then indexed in a full-text search engine. The engine can subscribe to RSS feeds to ingest content from different sources. Through a web user interface, users can search in the generated transcripts of radio shows and podcasts and play them right from the time mark of a search result.

Franz Heinzmann is an software engineer and community media advocate based in Freiburg, Germany. He's a part of arso collective ( and Radio Dreyeckland (

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