Ever since the processing capabilities of computers reached the point where audio indexing and searching became possible using techniques beyond simple, manually entered textual annotation in the late 1980s, researchers have been developing such methods with varying degrees of success. Yet even today, the actual workflow in audio archives is dominated by text entry for cataloging and keywords for searching with few or none of the new methods having achieved any practical relevance. This paper is evaluating a number of techniques, both those that enhance textual retrieval and those that seek to supplant it, towards their suitability for real-world audio archiving tasks with special focus on their suitability for a short-term implementation and seamless integration into existing archive workflows.
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