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What is a NoiseCapture Party?

A NoiseCapture Party is an event, organized on a limited territory (a place, a neighborhood, a city, ...) and on a relatively short time (1 day, 1 week, ...), aimed at bringing together a large number of contributors simultaneously in order to feed a participatory noise map, or to test new functionalities of the application.
A NoiseCapture Party should, if possible, be supervised by one or more persons with a level of expertise to pass on good practice in acoustic measurement and in the interpretation of results.

Example with the NoiseCapture party made in Pornichet (France) (video in french)

Who is concerned?

Everybody is welcome to organize such an event. Nevertheless we are mainly focusing the following actors:

  • Collectivities or public institutions, who wants to communicate around noise pollution issues with citizens,
  • Associations, focused on environmental noise assessment,
  • Teaching institutions (school, university, ...), who wish to make children or students aware of noise issues,

How to organize a NoiseCapture Party?

You are free to organize your own party. Nevertheless, if you want to have support from our side, feel free to contact us.

If your project of party catches our attention, we offer you the following elements:

  • A dedicated web map, accessible through a specific permalink,
    • where all the contributions made within your party are displayed,
    • where contributions are identified thanks to a special code that refers to your party, and which can be for example your Twitter hashtag,
    • with some statistics (e.g the number of contributors and mesurements, the total duration, ...).
  • A support in terms of communication, through our website and Twitter account,

In addition, if we are taking part to your party, we can:

  • Come with reference microphones, in order to calibrate attendees smartphones,
  • Helps you to organize the event and gives you support to answer questions (from attendees, press, ...).


Below is presented a fictionnal example:

  1. Let's imagine you are organizing a conference called "Noise 2017". Within this conference, you want to organize a NoiseCapture party. Because you already contacted us and we agreed to support your initiative, we commonly decided to use your Twitter account name as a party code (here "NOISE2017"),
  2. After each measure, when the application ask to add descriptions, party attendees enter the dedicated code,
  3. Then, uploaded contributions are visible (in real-time) on a dedicated web map, accessible through a unique adress http://noise-planet.org/map_noisecapture/noisecapture_party.html/.../NOISE2017.

NoiseCapture measures

Conduct of the party

Below are some general guidelines for both organizers and users.

Guidelines for organizers

Before the measuring step

  1. Explain to the attendees the aim of your party and give some context words about noise assement.
  2. Define the perimeter of your party, in terms of:
    • spatial extent: show on a map the area you want to cover during the party,
    • temporal extent: explain if the party is for only one day, one week, ...
  3. If possible:
    • Proceed to the smartphones calibration (see this page for more informations),
    • Divide the study area into cells or sub-area,
    • Divide the user group into teams made of pair (or trio),
    • Affect to each team a specific sub-area to cover
  4. If the party is supported by us, give to users the code (hashtag) they have to fill after each measures (this way all contributions will be visible in the dedicated web map),

After the measuring step

  1. If possible, debrief with users,
  2. Show them the map with all their contributions,
  3. Show them where the raw data will be (are) available: http://data.noise-planet.org/.

Guidelines for users

  1. Download and install the NoiseCapture application (see instructions),
  2. If needed, read the informations localized in the menu "Help" of the app,
  3. Calibrate the smartphone (if this possibility is proposed during the event) (see this page for more informations),
  4. Perform noise measurements, following the additional information proposed by the organizers and our measurement guideline.
  5. If provided by organizers, use the dedicated code (hashtag) when describing each measures,
  6. Respect spatial and temporal extent defined by organizers.

Become an ambassador

You would like to take part in the NoiseCapture initiative in a more important way? We are looking for ambassadors capable of spreading the word and organizing NoiseCapture parties.
Interested by this concept?

  1. Contact us,
  2. We can "coach" you, to be aware of all NoiseCapture "secrets" and to be part of our community network,
  3. You will be identified in our website as a NoiseCapture ambassador.

NoiseCapture ambassadors

Former parties

The "NoiseCapture Party" listed below are (or have been) supported by the NoiseCapture team. For each of them, you can access to an interactive dedicated map.

Assises Nationales de la Qualité de l'Environnement Sonore

Paris (France)

Fête de la science en Loire-Atlantique et en Vendée

Nantes (France)

Saint-Nazaire Digital Week

Pornichet (France)

What to do in case of problems?