ecoSound-web: an open-source, online platform for ecoacoustics

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  • Kevin F.A. Darras - , Chair of Computational Landscape Ecology (Author)
  • Noemí Pérez - (Author)
  • - Mauladi - (Author)
  • Liu Dilong - (Author)
  • Tara Hanf-Dressler - (Author)
  • Matthias Markolf - (Author)
  • Thomas C Wanger - (Author)


Passive acoustic monitoring of soundscapes and biodiversity produces vast amounts of audio recordings, but the management and analyses of these raw data present technical challenges. A multitude of software solutions exist, but none can fulfil all purposes required for the management, processing, navigation, analysis, and dissemination of acoustic data. The field of ecoacoustics needs a software tool that is free, evolving, and accessible. We take a step in that direction and present ecoSound-web: an open-source, online platform for ecoacoustics designed and built by ecologists and software engineers. ecoSound-web can be used for storing, organising, and sharing soundscape projects, manually creating and peer-reviewing annotations of soniferous animals and phonies, analysing audio in time and frequency, computing alpha acoustic indices, and providing reference sound libraries for different taxa. We present ecoSound-web's features, structure, and compare it with similar software. We describe its operation mode and the workflow for typical use cases such as the sampling of bird and bat communities, the use of a primate call library, and the analysis of phonies and acoustic indices. ecoSound-web is available from:


Original languageEnglish
Article number1224
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

External IDs

PubMed 33274051
unpaywall 10.12688/f1000research.26369.2
Scopus 85093830386
Mendeley a9629d1c-9822-36ee-a018-53fe34a1e6fc



  • Audio annotation, Automated sound recording, Autonomous recording units, Ecoacoustics, Passive acoustic monitoring, Sound analysis, Soundscape, Spectrogram

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