AI-Generated Transcripts

of Public Meetings

Boston Policy Institute, Inc is working with civic tech start-up Legislata to provide a brand new, free, public service: AI-generated transcripts of Boston City Council hearings & meetings. This is the first time that systematic transcriptions of City Council meetings here in Boston will be available to the public for free. Right now City Council meetings and hearings are streamed live and the videos posted on ‘Boston City TV’ channel on YouTube, so there is public access, but meetings are hours long and feature extremely long agendas. BPI’s AI-generated transcripts not only have what is being said at meetings, but feature time-stamps, so the transcripts can be easily searched to find the specific part of the meeting that you’re looking for. BPI is planning on expanding this service to other meetings, and will release additional ‘channels’, including for the Boston School Committee, so that transcripts of these meetings are also available.

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How do the transcripts work?

The transcriptions will be color-coded, with words in black having greater than 90% confidence in their accuracy, words in blue between 70% and 90% confidence, and words in red having less than 70% confidence. This allows the reader to know when to refer to the video to check what was said. Each transcript will be broken down by speaker. 

Although the speakers will not be identified, since we do not yet have a database of City Council voices, they will be numbered within a video to make it easier to track who said what when comparing the transcript with the video. These transcripts are hosted on Legislata’s website, and will be available to the public without the need to create an account or just through an additional hoops.

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