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Internet and mobile technologies for a public role in noise surveying

By C Mydlarz, I Drumm and TJ Cox

Abstract

The traditional method of noise surveying is to use trained professionals to go to a specific site to measure and assess noise levels using dedicated and expensive equipment. This project aims to enfranchise the public by providing them with the opportunity to play an active role in noise measurement and assessment, and hopefully influence how their soundscapes are shaped. With the implementation of mobile phone, PDA and PC applications, alongside web based collation techniques; we aim to empower the public in the gathering of context specific data on soundscapes. The methodology will provide a case\ud study for the wider research community in developing public participation-based research activities of this kind. This will provide a better understanding of the public’s relationship with their soundscape and how this relationship varies with location and demographic data. Inferences will be compared from the analysis of data sets generated with other soundscape research, with a view towards validating the techniques and gaining new insights into the field

Topics: T1, QA75, QC221246, other
OAI identifier: oai:usir.salford.ac.uk:1950

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