Ahoy, This is Orcasound
Our Voyage Thus Far
Since an Orcasound Kickstarter in 2017, we have been building open source software here on Github to help save the endangered orcas that seek salmon along the west coast of North America. Experiencing the live sounds of wild killer whales and acting to help conserve them is at the
We began with the challenge of building an end-to-end audio live-streaming solution to make it easy to listen for whales through the Orcasound network of underwater microphones ("hydrophones") in orca habitat. The orcanode repo generates the audio data streams and the orcasite repo provides a web app for playback that "just works" in any browser and scales efficiently.
From the beginning, we have benefited greatly from the amazing all-volunteer hackathon community -- mainly through the organizational efforts of DemocracyLab and Microsoft Garage -- both through in-person events in/near Seattle (Washington, USA) as well as many virtual events during the COVID pandemic. Both Microsoft's AI for Earth program and Amazon Activate have supported our efforts with grants and/or cloud service credits. Starting in 2020, we have mentored Google Summer of Code students in the orcagsoc repo.
On the Horizon (Updated Oct 2021)
See what's next on Orcasound's public road map. You can also suggest or vote up features!
Our long-term motivation is to make the Orcasound web app and our other projects into a more-and-more effective suite of conservation tools. Along the way, we are trying to be as open, modular, and foresightful as possible in the hope that what we build for orcas will help bioacousticans and conservationists study and save other soniferous species around the planet.
Would you like to help save the orcas and contribute to open source software?
The Orcasound organisation on Github has a growing number of projects to which you can contribute. We welcome coders (front/back end developers, bioacousticians, data scientists) and designers (and other creatives), as well as project managers, mentors, and hardware engineers. The Orcasound community is super-friendly, daily communication mainly happens on Slack, and there are weekly virtual meetings where you can introduce yourself and hear what others are doing.
Here is the Current Volunteer Handbook where you can find more info about Orcasound's motivations, code of conduct, and high-priority projects.
See below for how you can join the Orcasound community and start contributing right away!
If you're interested in contributing code, we would welcome your input on any of our projects listed in the Current Volunteer Handbook. If you are interested in making a contribution to any of the listed projects, or would like to make a bigger commitment to Orcasound long-term, go ahead and introduce yourself in Orcasound's #Dev-General Slack channel!
Active github repositories for our high-priority projects are Orcasite for the Live Listening App, Orcanode for the Hydrophone Network software (running on Raspberry Pis), aifororcas-livesystem for work on an AI system to auto-detect sounds, orcamap-react for analyzing SRKW location data, and orca-shipnoise for creating shipnoise.net to address underwater noise pollution that can interfere with Orca communication. Please see each repo's CONTRIBUTING.md documents for details!
Google Summer of Code Prospective Student
- If you're a prospective Google Summer of Code student, don't miss Orcasound's GSoC project page and open source advice from Orcasound's past GSoC students!