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IDENTIFICATION

Participant's homepage
Start date : 2012/10/04
  • Beta start date : N/A
  • End date : Still open.
Subject

Description Bat Detective is an Zooniverse citizen science project which asks the public to turn detective to find bat calls in audio recordings across the world. Purpose Mapping out bat ‘hotspots’ by using recordings and classifying the sounds they make for echolocation and social purposes. ? Research question Calls that bats use for socialising are not used for echolocation but communication, and these calls tend to be lower in frequency and have a more complex structure. Only under a third of all the echolocation calls of bats worldwide are known and even less is understood about social calls. Perhaps only 5% of all species social calls have been recorded.

TEAM

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University College London

Project team page http://www.batdetective.org/#!/about/team/science Leader: Kate Jones Institution: University College London Partner institutions: Zoological Society of London, The Bat Conservation Trust, BatLife Europe, University of Auckland, the Citizen Science Alliance. Contact: Bat detect team on twitter https://twitter.com/batdetect

USER TASKS

CONTRIBUTION TYPE: data interpretation
PARTICIPATION TYPOLOGY: crowdsourcing


GAMING GENRE NONE
GAMING ELEMENTS: NONE

COMPUTING
THINKING
SENSING
GAMING

Tasks description Participants are required to differentiate between a bat and a non-bat call, the different types of calls and what sequence a call belongs in. Interaction with objects The user will categorise bat calls by listening to, and looking at visualisations of, bat call recordings. Interface

  • Data type to manipulate: sound
  • interface enjoyment: cool/attractive
  • Interface usability: rather easy to use

GUIDANCE

GUIDANCE
  • Tutorial:
  • Peer to peer guidance: Somewhat
  • Training sequence: Somewhat
FEEDBACK ON
  • Individual performance: Somewhat
  • Collective performance: Somewhat
  • Research progress: Somewhat

Feedback and guidance description

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY TOOLS
  • Communication: website, blog, other
  • Social Network: Twitter, Facebook, other
  • Member profiles:: N/A
  • Member profile elements:
NEWS & EVENTS

Community description

  • Community size (volounteers based) 671
  • Role:
  • Interaction form: Twitter and http://talk.batdetective.org/
  • Has official community manager(s): N/A
  • Has team work N/A
  • Other: Blog contains most of the news/community updates. There was a google hangout with the bat detective team on 20/12/2013. Although there is some community participation in the comments, the blog is rather quiet(the last post was made on 7/2/2013). The twitter feed (@batdetect) is more active, as is the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/batdetective).
  • Community led additions:


Other information

1 PROJECT

Url:http://www.batdetective.org/
Start date: 2012/10/04
End date: Still open
Infrastructure: Zooniverse

2 TEAM

Official team page:http://www.batdetective.org/#!/about/team/science
Leader: Kate Jones
Institution: University College London
Partner institutions: Zoological Society of London, The Bat Conservation Trust, BatLife Europe, University of Auckland, the Citizen Science Alliance.
Contact: https://twitter.com/batdetect
Main location: University College London

3 PROJECT DEFINITION


3.1 Subject

Natural sciences > zoology (nature/conservation)

3.2 Description

Bat Detective is an Zooniverse citizen science project which asks the public to turn detective to find bat calls in audio recordings across the world.

3.3 Purpose.

Mapping out bat ‘hotspots’ by using recordings and classifying the sounds they make for echolocation and social purposes.

3.4 Research question.

Calls that bats use for socialising are not used for echolocation but communication, and these calls tend to be lower in frequency and have a more complex structure. Only under a third of all the echolocation calls of bats worldwide are known and even less is understood about social calls. Perhaps only 5% of all species social calls have been recorded.

4 ABOUT PARTICIPANT TASKS


4.1 Tasks description.

Participants are required to differentiate between a bat and a non-bat call, the different types of calls and what sequence a call belongs in.

4.2 Interaction with system objects.

The user will categorise bat calls by listening to, and looking at visualisations of, bat call recordings.

Grey typology Participation typology Contribution type:
Computing: NO Thinking: YES
Sensing: NO Gaming: NO
Crowdsourcing Distributed intelligence
Participatory science Extreme citizen science
Science outreach
Data collection
Data analysis
Data interpretation --------
Gaming
Genre: Gaming elements:
Interface
Data type to manipulate: sound interface enjoyment: cool/attractive
Interface usability: rather easy to use
Member profiles::N/A
Member profile elements:


5 ABOUT GUIDANCE AND FEEDBACK


Guidance Feedback on
Tutorial and documentation: YES
Training sequence: SOMEWHAT
Peer to peer guidance: SOMEWHAT
individual performance: Somewhat
collective performance: Somewhat
research progress: Somewhat

5.1 .

6 COMMUNITY


Tools News & Events

Communication: website, blog, other
Social Network: Twitter, Facebook, other

Main news site: http://blog.batdetective.org/
Frequency of project news updates: less than weekly
Type of events: other
Frequency of events : 5

Community description

Community size (volounteers based): 671
Role: Interaction form:Twitter and http://talk.batdetective.org/
Has official community manager(s): N/A
Has team work N/A

Other information about community: Blog contains most of the news/community updates. There was a google hangout with the bat detective team on 20/12/2013. Although there is some community participation in the comments, the blog is rather quiet(the last post was made on 7/2/2013). The twitter feed (@batdetect) is more active, as is the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/batdetective).
Community led additions:

7 OTHER PROJECT INFORMATION




batdetective.jpg Yes [[has completion level::High]

http://www.batdetective.org/#!/about/team/science Bat detect team on twitter University College London https://twitter.com/batdetect

Yes zoology Natural sciences nature/conservation Mapping out bat ‘hotspots’ by using recordings and classifying the sounds they make for echolocation and social purposes. Calls that bats use for socialising are not used for echolocation but communication, and these calls tend to be lower in frequency and have a more complex structure. Only under a third of all the echolocation calls of bats worldwide are known and even less is understood about social calls. Perhaps only 5% of all species social calls have been recorded.

Bat detective Participants are required to differentiate between a bat and a non-bat call, the different types of calls and what sequence a call belongs in. data interpretation

crowdsourcing sound, other: Thinking: yes Computing: no Sensing: no Gaming: no


The user will categorise bat calls by listening to, and looking at visualisations of, bat call recordings. cool/attractive rather easy to use yes N/A weak N/A N/A N/A

N/A

N/A website, blog, other Twitter, Facebook, other other 5 http://blog.batdetective.org/ 671 less than weekly Blog contains most of the news/community updates. There was a google hangout with the bat detective team on 20/12/2013. Although there is some community participation in the comments, the blog is rather quiet(the last post was made on 7/2/2013). The twitter feed (@batdetect) is more active, as is the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/batdetective).

Twitter and http://talk.batdetective.org/ N/A Various science blogs and an appearance on BBC news

High

The signup/login process is not working as of 9/12/2013 on firefox, chrome or safari. The project does not look particularly active at the moment.


Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY


. Bat detective team

https://twitter.com/batdetect

. Bat detective team

https://twitter.com/batdetect


Bat Detective. Unknown

http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/project.cfm?id=zooniverse-bat-detective
💬   Part of the Citizen Science section of the Scientific American Website

Bat Detective. Unknown

http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/project.cfm?id=zooniverse-bat-detective
Part of the Citizen Science section of the Scientific American Website


Website calls on people to become 'bat detectives'. Mark Kinver

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19803167

Website calls on people to become 'bat detectives'. Mark Kinver

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19803167


Become a Bat Detective. Lily Bui

http://scistarter.com/blog/2012/10/become-a-bat-detective/
Facts about "Bat detective"
Developed withCartoDB +
Has Haklay typology levelcrowdsourcing +
Has additional informationPart of the Citizen Science section of the Scientific American Website +
Has addressUniversity College London +
Has authorBat detective team +, Unknown +, Mark Kinver + and Lily Bui +
Has citizen science subject areanature/conservation +
Has collective performance feedbackN/A +
Has community awareness toolsVarious science blogs and an appearance on BBC news +
Has community interaction formsTwitter and http://talk.batdetective.org/ +
Has community managementBlog contains most of the news/community u
Blog contains most of the news/community updates. There was a google hangout with the bat detective team on 20/12/2013. Although there is some community participation in the comments, the blog is rather quiet(the last post was made on 7/2/2013). The twitter feed (@batdetect) is more active, as is the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/batdetective).
e (https://www.facebook.com/batdetective). +
Has community managerN/A +
Has community toolsWebsite +, Blog + and Other +
Has completion levelHigh +
Has contact personBat detect team on twitter +
Has contact person URLhttps://twitter.com/batdetect +
Has data types to manipulatesound +
Has event typesOther +
Has events frequency5 +
Has field of sciencezoology +
Has individual performance feedbackN/A +
Has infrastructureZooniverse +
Has interaction with objectsThe user will categorise bat calls by listening to, and looking at visualisations of, bat call recordings. +
Has interface attractivitycool/attractive +
Has interface usabilityrather easy to use +
Has linkhttps://twitter.com/batdetect +, http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/project.cfm?id=zooniverse-bat-detective +, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19803167 + and http://scistarter.com/blog/2012/10/become-a-bat-detective/ +
Has main institutionUniversity College London +
Has member profilesN/A +
Has number of forum members671 +
Has participant contribution typedata interpretation +
Has participant task descriptionParticipants are required to differentiate between a bat and a non-bat call, the different types of calls and what sequence a call belongs in. +
Has partner institutionsZoological Society of London +, The Bat Conservation Trust +, BatLife Europe +, University of Auckland + and the Citizen Science Alliance. +
Has peer to peer guidanceN/A +
Has project access URLhttp://www.batdetective.org/ +
Has project descriptionBat Detective is an Zooniverse citizen science project which asks the public to turn detective to find bat calls in audio recordings across the world. +
Has project nameBat detective +
Has project news sitehttp://blog.batdetective.org/ +
Has project news updatesless than weekly +
Has project purposeMapping out bat ‘hotspots’ by using recordings and classifying the sounds they make for echolocation and social purposes. +
Has project start dateOctober 4, 2012 +
Has publication typeother +, Research article +, Newspaper + and Blog +
Has research progress feedbackN/A +
Has research questionCalls that bats use for socialising are not used for echolocation but communication + and and these calls tend to be lower in freque
and these calls tend to be lower in frequency and have a more complex structure. Only under a third of all the echolocation calls of bats worldwide are known and even less is understood about social calls. Perhaps only 5% of all species social calls have been recorded.
l species social calls have been recorded. +
Has screenshotBatdetective.jpg +
Has social software sitesTwitter +, Facebook + and other +
Has subject areaNatural sciences +
Has team leaderKate Jones +
Has team linkhttp://www.batdetective.org/#!/about/team/science +
Has team workN/A +
Has titleBat Detective +, Website calls on people to become 'bat detectives' + and Become a Bat Detective +
Has training sequenceweak +
Has tutorials and documentationyes +
Has volonteer computingno +
Has volonteer gamingno +
Has volonteer sensingno +
Has volonteer thinkingyes +
Is opentrue +
Last editionDecember 9, 2013 +