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Large scale participatory acoustic sensor data analysis : tools and reputation models to enhance effectiveness

IEEE Computer Society
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  • 089999 Information And Computing Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Acoustic Sensing
  • Citizen Science
  • Reputation Management
  • Participatory Sensing
  • Participatory Analysis
  • Global Climate Change
  • Sensors
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Musicology
  • Physics


Acoustic sensors play an important role in augmenting the traditional biodiversity monitoring activities carried out by ecologists and conservation biologists. With this ability however comes the burden of analysing large volumes of complex acoustic data. Given the complexity of acoustic sensor data, fully automated analysis for a wide range of species is still a significant challenge. This research investigates the use of citizen scientists to analyse large volumes of environmental acoustic data in order to identify bird species. Specifically, it investigates ways in which the efficiency of a user can be improved through the use of species identification tools and the use of reputation models to predict the accuracy of users with unidentified skill levels. Initial experimental results are reported.

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