Our Friday Link today is to the Noise Score App from Erica Walker, recent graduate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and founder of Noise and the City.
Penny, who is a dedicated opponent of nasty noisemakers, is already using this app to record and report when someone or something is making more noise than absolutely necessary. Her first recording was of a garbage truck parked on Beacon Street adjacent to the Public Garden with the engine idling at 75 dB for a long time, while the driver stood down the street so he could hear as he chatted on his phone. This spoiled a quiet weekend morning for everyone in that quarter of the park.
Here's what researcher Erica Walker said about the app in her announcement:
"NoiseScore is Noise and the City’s newest addition to our growing community resource toolbox. The NoiseScore smartphone application has been generously sponsored by The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and was developed to allow residents from all over the globe to document and visualize their ever-changing environmental soundscape. With this free app, you can:
Objectively describe your daily soundscape by recording its sound levels
Visually document your daily sound scape by taking either a photo or video
Subjectively describe your daily soundscape by answering a brief survey
- Track your responses via our live heat maps (www.noisescore.com), which visualizes your responses and the responses of all other users by filters including time, location, and types of noise sources.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2017 Penny & Ed Cherubino