Key Issues for Realizing Open Ecoacoustic Monitoring in Australia

Kellie Vella, Tara Capel, Ashleigh Gonzalez, Anthony Truskinger, Susan Fuller, Paul Roe
2022 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution  
Many organizations are attempting to scale ecoacoustic monitoring for conservation but are hampered at the stages of data management and analysis. We reviewed current ecoacoustic hardware, software, and standards, and conducted workshops with 23 participants across 10 organizations in Australia to learn about their current practices, and to identify key trends and challenges in their use of ecoacoustics data. We found no existing metadata schemas that contain enough ecoacoustics terms for
more » ... t practice, and no standard approaches to annotation. There was a strong need for free acoustics data storage, discoverable learning resources, and interoperability with other ecological modeling tools. In parallel, there were tensions regarding intellectual property management, and siloed approaches to studying species within organizations across different regions and between organizations doing similar work. This research contributes directly to the development of an open ecoacoustics platform to enable the sharing of data, analyses, and tools for environmental conservation.
doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.809576 fatcat:b4ul24p2ibgo5keyothhm6636i