Note: This is a guide for non-technical readers – read the technical introduction.

Are you a citizen, journalist, campaigner, researcher or public servant who has to use transcripts regularly, and who feels the whole thing could be a lot better and easier?

SayIt has been built to make transcripts attractive, easy to search, easy to share, and easy to read on devices of all sizes. And we’re very keen to hear from people who know about transcripts that would benefit from being published in a nice, modern way.

How do I get my transcripts published using SayIt?

SayIt doesn’t yet have a simple interface that you can log into and start typing or transcribing – that will come later once we hear much more from people about what they want from transcripts online.

For now, all new transcripts published in SayIt need to be converted into a special format before they can be published online. This standard has the name Akoma Ntoso (“linked hearts” in the Akan language, from West Africa).

We don’t expect anyone except computer programmers to be able to make data in this format, but if you get in touch with us, we can work with you to see if we can find someone who might be willing to help you.

Where will my transcripts be published, once they’re formatted correctly?

You have two options:

  • We host your transcripts for you, at a mysociety.org URL
  • You host your own version of SayIt, and publish your transcripts as part of your own website.

Either of these options will require technical skills, so again we ask that you get in touch to see if we can hook you up.

Can I produce new transcripts directly in SayIt?

Not just yet, but if you would like to do this, we’d love to hear from you. If you produce minutes for regular meetings, we’d love to talk to you about how we can make our transcript-making interface as good as possible.

If you’d like to be informed when new developments such as this go live, please drop us a line.