Listen to the world of biodiversity through GBIF data
Unstructured data such as free text, images, sounds, and other media are less commonly used in biodiversity studies than structured information such as species occurrences. Nevertheless, these sources represent a rich stream of information, some of which is not generally available through more conventional sources. This information is of value for scientific, research, and conservation management use, as well as for communication and outreach to public and other audiences.
A relatively recent development in the GBIF portal and API is the registration of media (sound, images, and video) in occurrence records. Here, we use this facility to reconstruct the "soundscapes" of particular regions by compiling the bird and frog sounds from those regions.