Dear bioacoustics-l colleagues,

We would like to invite individuals and organizations with an interest in
passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) of marine mammals to collaborate on the
development and testing of a new browser-based app called "Orcasound."
 This is an evolution of the 15+year-old Salish Sea Hydrophone Network --
orcasound.net <http://orcasound.net/?7050lab> -- based in WA, USA.

If successful this project will at least make it much easier for citizen
scientists to use their favorite device to listen for whales.  At the most
it will juxtapose in a spirited scientific competition two distinct
approaches to bioacoustic analysis (e.g. detection, annotation,
classification): crowd-sourcing through citizen science networks and
algorithms run on high-performance computers in the cloud.

The initial goal of the app is to streamline listening to live or recorded
audio. The app will also enable listeners to report when they hear
something interesting and to be notified of acoustic events detected by the
network.

After testing and refinement of these fundamental features (listening,
detecting, notifications) the stage will be set for annotation and
classification experiments (c.f. bioacoustic citizen science projects, Bat
Detective <https://www.batdetective.org/> and WhaleFM <http://whalefm.org/>
).

If you would like to collaborate, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We
are interested in discussing the project with marine mammal specialists who
have deployed hydrophones, steward acoustic data archives, or have
implemented bioacoustic detectors, classifiers, and/or citizen science
projects.

We would also like to invite educational/outreach organizations with an
interest in marine mammal sounds and ocean noise pollution to join the
current Hydrophone Network members <http://orcasound.net/join/?7050lab> in
freely creating and sharing resources.  If you know any audiences who would
benefit from receiving notifications of live or recorded listening options
(e.g. docents or interpreters teaching about soniferous species or noise
pollution), we would appreciate you inviting them to join our Network so
that they can influence the development of the Orcasound app.

Happy listening,
Scott and Val Veirs

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