13 November 2011

QR codes and twitching

Hugo Andrade and David Parra Puente, of the Pacoche Nature Reserve in Ecuador, are trying to connect birdsong with identification information, using QR codes as a mediator between the two: something like Shazam for birdsong. The QR code step may seem a bit clunky but it allows a two-way interaction from song to book, and vice versa, recognising the limitations of typical birdsong descriptions ('tee-do-do-eet') in field guides and, perhaps, that mobile phones have limitations for field consultation.

[Reported by Jennifer Ouelette via NotExactlyRocketScience]

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