January was a busy month following the launch of Nature Soundmap. The exposure we received was excellent, with posts, articles and tweets from BBC Future, Africa Geographic, Macaulay Library, XenoCanto.org, The Wilderness Society, Australian Museum and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Almost 50K page views with 22K visitors in a period of three weeks was a great result!
In the last week or so, Nature Soundmap has gained popularity amongst school teachers, with numerous articles promoting the site appearing in education-related blogs and websites. In fact last Tuesday was our best ever in terms of page views – over 9000 views in 24 hours.
I’m gradually catching up with a backlog of recordings, and it has been nice to receive a number of excellent submissions from new contributors which will appear on the map soon.
Last weekend we upgraded to a more powerful server to improve speed & stability. Initial home page load is still slower than we would like, most likely due to the large number of listings which are pre-loaded, but once loaded it is easy to quickly move from one listing to another. I’ll continue to tweak the site to improve speed & compatibility.
Thanks to all those who have reported bugs and mistakes on listings, we appreciate you taking the time to do this & it results in a better user experience for everyone. You can reports any issues you find using the form at the bottom of the following page – Compatibility & Bug Reports
Once I get up to date with the current submissions over the next week or so, we’ll experiment with some new ways of featuring individual recordists & sounds. With such an interesting bunch of contributors, I’d love to do a series of podcasts with interviews.
Also, we’ll be inviting recordists to submit articles to the blog, which will include notes about particular recordings, stories and experiences from the field and other nature sound-related content.
Nature Soundmap has good potential to be a resource for educators and students, particularly at the primary & secondary school levels. Over the coming months we will explore ways to use the sounds to help educate school-aged children about wildlife and the environment. If you have any ideas about activities or exercises which could be implemented into Nature Soundmap please let us know.
Thanks again to everyone who has made this possible!