Sounds of the Llobregat river

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Coordination and implementation of the project

A rural citizen science project where we collectively document the soundscapes of the Llobregat river

Els Sons del Llobregat is a citizen science project in the rural environment that aims to empower citizens to document and catalog the sounds of the river. In collaboration with the libraries and the municipalities of Manresa, Sallent and Puig-Reig, a group of volunteers will be trained and dynamized in the use of a citizen science sensor specialized in sound data in open environments (Audiomoth). In the course of the participatory activities and workshops, a process of collective documentation will be deployed to detect and catalog in a collaborative way the origins of the sounds of the river Llobregat and its tributaries (sounds of water, various species of flora and fauna, meteorological phenomena such as wind, agricultural work, wheeled vehicles, local idiosyncratic sounds of anthropogenic origin such as bells, among others). With the results of this citizen scientific process, public policy recommendations will be co-created with the public to preserve and enhance the river sound heritage of these environments. Finally, the project will experiment with the creation of an artistic installation that highlights the data collected to communicate and generate an impact on citizens.

The project has four objectives:

  • Create public awareness of the harmful effects of biodiversity loss, both for the health of river ecosystems and for social life and the identity of rural areas.
  • Train citizens in open and collaborative digital technologies that make it possible to generate useful data for collective reflection on the problem of biodiversity loss, through a process of citizen science.
  • Promote a process of sound re-design of river environments, in which neighborhood agents and institutions in the neighborhood deploy sensors, generate evidence of the quantity and quality of sounds in the day to day of the neighborhood, and propose specific actions to improve the neighborhood sound environment based on this evidence.
  • Explore artistic uses of sound data to disseminate the knowledge generated, generate awareness, and leverage changes in citizen habits toward more socially and environmentally responsible attitudes toward river ecosystems, generating a prototype of interactive artistic installation that can exhibit in the participating municipalities.

 

The project methodology is also based on the philosophy of open innovation, learning through practice, and community service. The project envisages the achievement of the following phases:

1. – Contextualization Phase: to gather information on the agents, needs and local interests of the municipalities, to be able to adapt all the interventions to the casuistry, challenges and opportunities of the territory.
2. – Planning Phase: local communities discuss, enrich and validate the activities of the pilot.
3. – Implementation Phase: the community become citizen-scientists and learn to deploy, calibrate and operate their sensors according to scientific standards.
4. – Evaluation Phase: analyze collectively and make sense of data collection, generating valid scientific results and recommendations of public policies and community actions.
5. – Artistic Valorization Phase: explore new ways based on the arts to generate awareness and impact on the change of citizen attitudes, based on a prototype of an artistic installation that highlights the sound data generated in the project.

 

 

Professional partners

Barcelona Provincial Government – Bibliolabs

Junta de la Sèquia Foundation – Aigües de Manresa