Google news Initiative has developed Pinpoint, a tool that allows the user to transcribe audio for better information processing. Through this Journalist Studio tool, large amounts of documents can be analyzed and explored without wasting much time and effort.
Pinpoint started out focused on journalistic use, but due to its great performance, it is also very helpful for researchers. Although it focuses on both fields, anyone can create a collection to store their research documents.
The tool allows uploading up to 200 thousand files per collection and accepts documents in most formats. You can also add them directly from your Google Drive. Collections can be marked as private (only you can see them) or as public.
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How can I access Pinpoint?
1. You must have a Google account. Through this, you will be able to use the tool.
2. Go to the Pinpoint page and hit the ‘Get started’ button.
3. Fill out the form that will appear and you will have access.
4. Start creating ‘Collections’ in your workplace.
5. When you create a collection, you must give it a name to differentiate your projects.
6. Upload your documents. If it is audio, the tool will convert it to a PDF with the transcript.
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What does Pinpoint allow?
1. Convert your audios into texts. The tool will not only give you a PDF with the entire transcript, but each part will have the audio embedded so you can listen to it while you read the excerpt.
two. Browse all your documents using keywords. If you’re looking for information on a specific topic, in the search bar, which is at the top, enter the word. The results will immediately appear in all the files of your collection.
3. Find text in images. If you upload images of documents, Pinpoint will “read” the words from the document and put it in the search. In this way, the images that contain them will also appear when you try to find information about it.
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Four. Filter the documents. Pinpoint also helps us by having a filter on the right side where names, organizations and locations will appear. In other words, if you have interviews with “Pepito” and his name is repeated several times in your document, it will appear immediately in the menu and you will be able to search easily. The tool identifies this by using the Google Knowledge Graph.
5. You can label your documents. If, for example, some are more important than others, you can give them a label and a color to easily recognize them. You can also filter that label to quickly access them.
6. Copy, highlight and share handwritten texts. You can even upload this type of document and the tool will take it like any other.
7. You can view public collections from Pinpoint partners. If the collection of these is not private, you can access the documents shared by The Washington Post, for example.