Whale Song – Your Help Needed

I heard on NPR this morning that there’s a shout out to everyone to help with an interesting scientific project. It is crowd-sourcing in order to achieve certain objectives in science, which is an excellent idea. I wish I could do certain research projects I’m working on in this way – would be fun and quite novel indeed… Crowd-sourcing crowds of processors is maybe the closest I’d get to that. Anyway, it is all about identifying different types of whale song, and as a citizen scientist you’ll be helping them sort through different “dialects” of it. The idea is that lots of individuals doing comparative listening and expressing their opinions will be of value, allowing a sort of “average over auditory systems”, so the more people who participate the better… The story is at this link, and there are links to the site where you can do the listening will be found there too.



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