What's New with Arbimon? (May 2024)

New features include:

  • New template features
  • Downloading species detection/non-detection matrices
  • Creating hidden sites
  • New export tools for pattern matching & soundscapes


You can choose to make your templates public (adding them to the Public Template Library) by clicking the toggle to 'ON' (outlined in red in the screenshot below).

Making your templates public allows everyone to use them with a CC0 license.

If you have public templates that you have saved to your project, you will see them in the Project Templates tab as well, alongside the 'linked' marker. You'll also be able to see the user who added that template and the source project it came from (hover over to see the full name).

You can download each template clip by clicking the download icon on the right side of the page (see below in red).

If you want to download all project templates at once, you can click the 'Export all templates' button (in red in screenshot below).

You will be prompted to input an email address to send the results, which will be comprised of a WAV file of each template as well as a CSV containing information about the templates (see example below).

Species Detection/Non-detection Matrices

You can now download detection/non-detection matrices per species, which are particularly useful for downstream ecological analyses such as occupancy modeling or species distribution models. The files have sites as rows, days as columns, and cells as 1 or 0 (species detected or not, respectively).

You can do this by going to Explore -> Recordings and clicking on Export. You will now see a 'Species detection matrix' field where you can select which species you want detection/non-detection matrices for (or select all species).

The resulting species-specific detection matrices will look like this:

Hidden Sites

You can now create 'hidden' sites which do not have coordinates. Hiding sites is good if you are creating test sites or sites just for importing external templates (such as those from Xeno-Canto, iNaturalist, etc.). If the checkbox is checked, you can save the site without inputting coordinates. If you have not not checked the box and are creating a 'real' site, you will need to input coordinates (note that elevation is optional).

Please note that data from hidden sites (species, validations) will be hidden from the Ecological Insights pages.

If you have hidden a site, you will see an icon next to that site indicating this. You will also see that hidden sites do not have latitude, longitude, or elevation values.

Export Options - Pattern Matching

If you would like to download the results of all the PM jobs in your project, go to the Pattern Matching Results page and click on 'Export all results'.

You will be prompted to input an email where the resulting CSV (see example below) will be sent.

Export Options - Soundscapes

If you want to bulk-download the results of all soundscape jobs from a project, you can do so by clicking the 'Export all soundscapes' button (outlined in orange below). You will prompted to input an email where the export will be sent.

The bulk-export will consist of a zipped folder. This will contain metadata file called 'soundscape.csv' (example below) which contains information about each soundscape job that is included in the bulk-export.

The folder will also have a CSV file and image (PNG) file per job. The PNG file is the soundscape plot for that job. The CSV file is the soundscape matrix where columns are time bins (usually hours of the day), rows are frequency bins and cells contain the percentage of recordings in that time-frequency bin with acoustic activity (example below).

Recordings Metadata

If you hover over the 'Notes' column, you will see metadata for that recording (time zone, temperature, deployment ID, etc.) which is pulled from the original file. Please note that metadata standards do differ slightly between recorder models (e.g., Audiomoth vs SongMeter), so the Notes column make look slightly different for files from one recorder model versus another.