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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

PROJECT[edit source]

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

TEAM[edit source]

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

PROJECT DEFINITION[edit source]


Subject[edit source]

Natural sciences > zoology (nature/conservation)

Description[edit source]

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.[edit source]

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

Research question.[edit source]

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.

ABOUT PARTICIPANT TASKS[edit source]


Tasks description.[edit source]

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 system objects.[edit source]

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:


ABOUT GUIDANCE AND FEEDBACK[edit source]


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

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COMMUNITY[edit source]


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:

OTHER PROJECT INFORMATION[edit source]




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



Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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.

. 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/