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BioAcoustica: A free and open repository and analysis platform for bioacoustics

Submitted by edwbaker on Sat, 2015-01-17 12:48

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Database, p.bav054 (2015)



We describe an online open repository and analysis platform, BioAcoustica (, for recordings of wildlife sounds. Recordings can be annotated using a crowdsourced approach, allowing voice introductions and sections with extraneous noise to be removed from analyses. This system is based on the Scratchpads virtual research environment, the BioVeL portal, and the Taverna workflow management tool, which allows for analysis of recordings using a grid computing service. At present the analyses include spectrograms, oscillograms and dominant frequency analysis. Further analyses can be integrated to meet the needs of specific researchers or projects. BioAcoustica currently contains the recordings of the Natural History Museum’s Acoustic Laboratory (predominantly European Orthoptera) and the developing Global Cicada Sound Collection (Hemiptera: Cicadidae). Researchers can upload and annotate their recordings to supplement traditional publication.

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