An Annotated and Federal Digital Library of Marine Animal Sounds
CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY ITHACA NY BIOACOUSTICS RESEARCH PROGRAM
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The Macaulay Library is the worlds largest archive of animal sounds and has been selected by the Office of Naval Research as a major repository for the deposition, digital archival, review, and retrieval of the many recordings of marine animals made over the last half-century. Archived marine recordings pose challenging retrieval problems given the typically long intervals of silence between animal sounds and the multiplicity of species detectable in any given recording. One goal of this project is to design software that will permit remote experts to annotate the content of long recordings archived at the Macaulay Library through their web browsers. Annotations will permit subsequent searches of the archive database to retrieve not only suitable recordings, but also those parts of a recording meeting the search criteria. The project also seeks to define and extract a set of acoustic features from all archived marine recordings that can be used in subsequent search and retrieval tasks. Both capabilities will be unique to this sound collection, and will greatly enhance the accessibility and the utility of the archive to scientists, students, educators, military personnel, and the media.
- Information Science
- Biological Oceanography