Summary: We currently only support receiving data on hard drives that have been shipped to us.
The Australian Acoustic Observatory website is designed to manage a large amount of acoustic data. Data is arranged into projects and sites, representing logical collections of geographical locations. This data is in the form of audio files in various formats.
For these reasons, we currently do not offer a means to upload audio files directly through this website:
The preferred method of uploading audio is to mail USB drives, SD cards, or hard drives to us.
If you have a small (less than 1GB) collection of audio files you would like to upload, please contact us and we can discuss other ways to upload the files. For example, via SFTP or sharing cloud storage links.
If have a large collection of data and you are located at a high bandwidth site, connected by AARNET then it is possible for us to organise direct transfers. Again, please contact us.
For all standard upload scenarios, please read the guidelines below.
Feel free to contact us even if you have audio recordings that differ from the guidelines below, but you would still like them uploaded to the website. We are always interested in expanding the applications for our acoustic analysis work.
This website is specifically designed for long duration audio recordings. We prefer audio recordings that:
|Codec||Extension||MimeType||Minimum sample rate||Other requirements|
|WAVE||.wav||audio/wav||8 kHz||16-bit, PCM|
|WAC||.wac||8 kHz||We generally prefer WAC-0 encoding|
|FLAC||.flac||audio/x-flac, audio/flac||8 kHz|
|Ogg||.ogg, .oga, .opus||audio/ogg, audio/opus||8 kHz||The inner audio codec must be supported in this table|
|MP3||.mp3||audio/mpeg||8 kHz||use the highest bit rate possible - 320kbps is preferred|
We require a range of information to be able to include audio recordings on this website. We need information about you and how the audio files were collected.
Please group the recordings into projects and sites.
Projects are logical collections of sites (e.g. recordings made for one research activity, or recordings aiming to detect the presence of a particular species).
Sites are geographical locations of study. They represent a location where a sensor was deployed.
We recommend you make your projects and sites on Australian Acoustic Observatory. After that you can either:
When you’ve prepared the audio recordings, package the devices to send us securely. We recommend plenty of shock absorption and to pack boxes/pouches so that nothing can move during transportation.
We recommend using the exFAT filesystem on your storage device—it is supported by all recent operating systems.
Please only send us copies of audio files - keep a copy of all data you send us. Our postal address is:
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