Tom Coates on Annotatable Audio at the BBC

Wicked cool: giving users the ability to annotate audio. See, text is far more easily searched than speech, and audio is pretty much impossible to scan unless you’re already familiar with it, leaving you with a 1:1 ratio of clip time to scan time. That doesn’t scale, but technology to allow user annotation sure would.

This would be wonderful for all those podcasts and interviews that I do with Derek … you could have a transcript alongside the audio, and allow people to use this stuff to point to anchors. Sweet.