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Open Ecoacoustics

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The Open Ecoacoustics project aims to address Australia’s biodiversity crisis, which necessitates urgent action to deliver continental-scale monitoring and management of threatened species and ecosystems. The platform aids ecoacoustics monitoring of these environments and is open to everyone to aggregate and share data, analyses and tools. Our vision is to enable open science and conservation through the development and promotion of open access ecoacoustics technologies, methodologies and standards.

Open Ecoacoustics provides a dedicated ecoacoustics platform that is open to everyone, so that it can aggregate and share data, analyses and tools, and interoperate with downstream services. It 

  • supports FAIR data by developing standardised metadata and third party analyses by moving to flexible workflow technologies (PBS, docker).
  • accelerates data analysis by publishing a shared repository of annotated datasets and recognisers.
  • interfaces to other systems, including TERN, ALA, EcoCommons and citizen science sites, through services and shared tools.

The project is supported by a collection of ecologists, computer scientists, and environmental managers. The community extends to universities, museums, government agencies, and non-government organisations.

More on the project website: https://openecoacoustics.org/

Geographical area of data collection

109.840820,-11.412101 156.247070,-11.412101 156.247070,-44.759934 109.840820,-44.759934 109.840820,-11.412101

Research areas

Information systems
Ecological acoustic monitoring systems
Acoustics recordings
Ecological applications
Fauna vocalisation
Pattern recognition and data mining
Biological sciences
Distributed computing and systems software
Environmental monitoring
Environmental monitoring
Computer Science

Related information

Open Ecoacoustics website https://openecoacoustics.org/
Acoustic Workbench - open-source software for facilitating the uploading, management, access, visualization, and analysis of environmental acoustic data developed by the QUT Ecoacoustics Research Group https://researchdatafinder.qut.edu.au/display/n92405
Ecoacoustics known problems repository - A collection of well-known problems that occur in passive acoustic monitors. https://github.com/ecoacoustics/known-problems
EMU: Ecoacoustics Metadata Utility - A generic tool for metadata extraction of ecoacoustic audio recordings https://github.com/QutEcoacoustics/emu

Partner institution

James Cook University https://www.jcu.edu.au/
Atlas of Living Australia https://ala.org.au
ARDC - Australian Research Data Commons https://ardc.edu.au/
Charles Sturt University https://www.csu.edu.au/
NCRIS - National Research Infrastructure of Australia https://www.education.gov.au/ncris
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships https://www.des.qld.gov.au/
The University of Queensland https://www.uq.edu.au/
Queensland University of Technology https://www.qut.edu.au/
EcoCommons Australia https://www.ecocommons.org.au/
NSW Department of Primary Industries https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
Australian Wildlife Conservancy https://www.australianwildlife.org/
Bush Heritage Australia https://www.bushheritage.org.au/
University of New England https://www.une.edu.au/
University Of Melbourne https://www.unimelb.edu.au/
TERN - Ecosystem Research Infrastructure https://www.tern.org.au/
BirdLife Australia https://birdlife.org.au/


Funding scheme:
ARDC Platforms Program - https://ardc.edu.au/project/open-ecoacoustics/
Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)


Has association with
Has output
Ecosounds  (Repository)
Has chief investigator
Paul Roe  (Researcher)


Name: Dr Anthony Truskinger


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Published - Open Access