SCHEDULE FOR THE
FIRST EUROPEAN WORKSHOP ON ANIMAL SOUND RESEARCH AND LIBRARIES.
MADRID 27 SEPT- 30 SEPT 2006.
Meeting time and place:
Wednesday Sept 27th 16:00h.
Sala de Juntas
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
José Gutiérrez Abascal 2
FIRST SESSION (16:00 – 20:00):
Chairman: Rafael Marquez
Secretary: Xavier Eekhout
16:00 Welcome address
16:30 – 18:00 Introductions
Participants will introduce themselves and those that will be willing
to bring a powerpoint or slide presentation about their collection
(about10-15 minutes max suggested) will present it here.
Dr. Richard Ranft: British Library collections
Dr. Karl-Heinz Frommolt: Tierstimmenarchivs Humboldt-Universität
Dr. Gianni Pavan: The sound archive of CIBRA
Dr. Gustav Peters: Sound archives at Koenig Museum
Dr. Klaus Riede: Sound archives at Koenig Museum
Dr. Henrik Einghoff: Sound collection at the Natural History Museum
Dr. Laure Desutter Grandcolas: Acoustic and databasis in the Paris
Dr. Emmanuel Gilissen: Contribution of the RMCA to Animal Sound
Dr. Rafael Márquez: Fonoteca Zoológica
18:00 – 18:15 Presentation
by Dr. Richard Ranft.
Global overview of bioacoustics sound libraries.
18:15 – 18:30 Coffee Break.
18:30 – 20:00 Open discussion of
• A global overview of bioacoustic
sound libraries (development, total extent of collections, weaknesses
• European bioacoustic sound collections - summary of what's
• Functions of bioacoustic sounds libraries (collection,
description, access, preservation).
SECOND SESSION (9:00 – 13:00)
Chairman: Richard Ranft
Secretary: Paulo Marques
9:00 – 9:30 Presentation
by Gustav Peters:
Animal Sound Archives and Zoological Museums - Do they share a common
purpose? Can one take on the other's tasks?
9:30 – 10:00 Presentation by Laure Desutter-Grancolas:
A specimen-based natural history databasis : a crucial tool to study
the evolution of biodiversity.
10:00 – 11:00 Open discussion of
• Purpose: How are the collections
• What do users of such collections want - depth of coverage,
breadth, recording quality, metadata quality.
11:00 – 11:30 Administration, Coffee
and Bank Break.
11:30 – 13:00 Open discussion of
• How are collections organised?
Cataloguing, accessioning, data structuring, storage, deposit
• How are collections preserved in perpetuity? Fundamentals
technical principles of archiving sounds (preserve full bandwidth,
backups, duplicate copies, security, disaster planning, etc).
• Access to collections and their catalogues (especially
on-line, but also on-site)
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Break.
THIRD SESSION (15:00 – 19:00)
Chairwoman: Anna Omedes
Secretaries: Mercedes Pérez and Laura González
15:00 – 15:30 Presentation
by Richard Ranft:
Preservation, and international 'standards' for catalogue information,
and general technical principles of audio digitisation.
15:30 – 16:00 Presentation
by Karl-Heinz Frommolt:
Organization of databases for scientific cooperation in the fields
16:00 – 17:00 Presentation
by Alberto González Talaván:
GBIF and animal sound collections.
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break.
17:30 – 19:00 Open discussion of
• Creation of a network of sound
libraries. Collaboration between libraries: sharing methodologies,
sharing audio samples, sharing metadata, sharing engineering skills.
How to create a unified web interface to search across all libraries
(perhaps GBIF?)? Setting up a suitable European archivist's mailing
list, or wiki.
• How to raise the status of these libraries among users,
decision-makers, sister organisations?
• How to lobby for and secure funding (EDIT, audio technology
companies and others...).
20:30 (approx.) Official workshop dinner.
FOURTH SESSION (9:00 – 13:00)
Chairman: Gustav Peters
Secretary: Paulo Marques
9:00 – 9:30 Presentation
by Gianni Pavan:
Experiments with first digital systems at CIBRA.
9:30 – 10:00 Presentation
by Klaus Riede:
Virtual phonothek in DORSA (Digital Orthoptera Specimen Access –
10:30 – 11:00 Presentation
by Friedhelm Schwenker:
DORSA song classification toolbox.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break.
11:30 – 12:00 Presentation
by Rafael Márquez:
Other sound monitoring efforts: frogloggers.
12:00 – 12:30 Presentation
by Marian Ramos:
EDIT, WP4: Coordinating Research.
12:30 – 13:00 Presentation
by Henrik Einghoff:
EDIT, WP2: Integrating and Reshaping the Experts and Expertise Basis
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Break
FITH SESSION (15:00 – 18:00)
Chairman: Gianni Pavan
Secretary: Jose Manuel Padial
15:00 – 18:00 Open discussion of
• Copyrights - and wrongs
• Cooperation and links with research institutes, and with
repositories of other taxonomic specimens
• Support for collectors of audio specimens, by training
provision and by loan of equipment.
16:00 Coffee Break
• The role of established permanent
archives v. individual's on-line web databases (risk of data loss
without a reliable long-infrastructure).
• Sound monitoring and animal sound collections.
• Automated sound identification, taxon-specific algorithms?
• Standards for taxon-specific sound analysis parameters/nomenclature.
• Database of standard sounds for automated comparisons
Field trip to the Sierra de Gredos
Meeting point: MNCN parking lot.
Departure time 7:00
Estimated return time 23:00
We will be visiting a mountain area 2
Hrs away from Madrid.
Bring good walking shoes (granitic outcrops), a hat and sunscreen
(we will be above timeberline mostly), you can wear shorts but bring
at least a pair of long pants and light jacket (it is likely to
be very hot but it may be chilly) and, of course binoculars (we
may see ibex goats or other wildlife). A small backpack may be a
good item to carry.
Water and non-vegetarian lunch will
be provided. We will gather in a local restaurant in Gredos for
an early dinner (20:00) before returning to Madrid.