Community of Soundscapes – Expanding Environmental Awareness through Capture and Sharing of Sonic Experiences

September 1st, 2008 - August 31st, 2011 | PROJECT

In this Communicating Research to Public Audiences project, the University of Colorado at Boulder -- in partnership with the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and the CU-Boulder Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement -- is building on the work they have done via their NSF research award, A Meta-Design Framework for Participative Software Systems, in which they have been developing participative software systems (PPS) and applications of the framework. Community of Soundscapes will employ newly developed mobile computing and collaborative mapping technology in programs that help users gain greater insights and stake into the shared environment in which they live and visit. Sound Camera, a digital recording device outfitted with GPS mapping software, allows users to collect audio clips of their sonic experiences as they explore their cities, parks and other environments and upload them online onto a digital map through a Web 2.0 application. They can then compose, annotate, and share soundscapes of the places where the sounds were recorded. A Web site will be developed to expand the project's reach to audiences not in the Boulder programs. Professional development training will be provided for collaborators and through the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. The educational goals are to promote literacy of PSS and engage the public in personally meaningful activities that benefit environmental education (cognitive goal) and expand environmental awareness (affective goal). The project work and its evaluation processes (by Wells Resources, Inc.) are intended to advance the field of informal science education with respect to PSS and to study how these new technologies might affect shifts in the kinds of experiences various audiences prefer to have.

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Team Members

Gerhard Fischer, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado at Boulder
Elisa Giaccardi, Former Principal Investigator, University of Colorado at Boulder
Gerhard Fischer, Former Co-Principal Investigator, University of Colorado at Boulder


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0823670
Funding Amount: 75000


Audience: General Public
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media