Fwd: Invitation to online survey: the future of open-source acoustic monitoring technology

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Vincent Lostanlen

Mar 26, 2021, 8:22:22 AM3/26/21
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Dear members of the BirdVox group,

Please see below an invitation to take an online survey on the future of open-source acoustic monitoring technology, organized by the University of Melbourne and Open Acoustic Devices (the company behind the AudioMoth sensor).



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Subject: Invitation to online survey: the future of open-source acoustic monitoring technology
Resent-Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 02:40:25 +0100 (CET)
Resent-From: ash...@student.unimelb.edu.au
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:40:09 +1100
From: Ashton Dickerson <ash...@student.unimelb.edu.au>
To: li...@ibac.info

Dear IBAC community,

I’m Ashton Dickerson, research assistant of José Lahoz-Monfort, researcher at the University of Melbourne and president of the Conservation Technology Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology. Together with the team at Open Acoustic Devices, we are conducting an online survey to understand the future needs of open-source acoustic monitoring technology applied to the study of biodiversity. The results of this survey will inform the collaborative development of a roadmap for acoustic monitoring technology, a publicly available document to support strategic and long-term planning. We also aim to understand how willing people are to learn about open-source software and hardware to be able to customize their equipment.

We are asking respondents to complete a short online survey (20 questions, 10 minutes to complete). Please see the link below to the survey. It would also be great if you could distribute this email to others you think could be interested.


A bit of context about our motivation: Technology has great potential to become a game-changer in how we collect data on wildlife and ecosystems, and how we tackle conservation threats. To realise this potential, it is key to understand what the community of users wants developed, and which of these developments are of highest priority. Open-source hardware and software (that can be freely used, modified and distributed) allow the collaborative development of low-cost devices for ecology and conservation, but no clear direction exists about the technology needs and priorities of the bioacoustics and ecoacoustics communities. This survey is a first step into clarifying this situation. A freely accessible technology roadmap document reflecting these needs and priorities, if backed by widespread endorsement (e.g. from leading research labs, conservation NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental institutions) could become a powerful tool for the discipline, inspiring and attracting technologists around the world to contribute in a focused way, and even helping obtaining funding for technology development.

Thanks for your time,

Ashton Dickerson (University of Melbourne)

José Lahoz-Monfort (University of Melbourne)

Prof Alex Rogers (Open Acoustic Devices; U. Oxford)

Andy Hill (Open Acoustic Devices)

Peter Prince (Open Acoustic Devices)

This research has been approved by the Human Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne (HREC 20543). 

Ashton Dickerson
PhD Candidate
School of Biosciences
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3031

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