An echo is an audio record that is attached to a physical real-world location or object. Echoes are words, left by one person at some precise place, that can be listened to by anyone, as if their author was still there. Echoes can speak about any topic and respond to any user's purpose. They can speak about local history, art, curiosities, personal memories, and so on. Just something you think its worth to leave that may make the world a more interesting place.
The echosphere is the new virtual space spanned by all echoes left by people. Surrounding earth (and you), the echosphere contains all echoes and can be accessed through your computer or mobile phone.
From our main website woices.com it is possible to explore and find any echo by means of:
Currently we have two ways of creating a new echo:
Keep in mind that echoes should be listened in situ, that is, in the location they are attached to. Therefore, when recording an echo, imagine you are physically there (if you are not) and speak as if the potential listener were there next to you. The listener will appreciate references that might help them put your information in context: 'Next to the first church tower...', 'That small black spot you see below...', 'That little tree you see...' , and so on.
If you do not have an internet enabled phone and want to listen to the echoes at their location, you have the option to previously download them from the web as MP3 files and then upload them to you favorite MP3 player. Then you can play the echoes in situ.
You can tag any echo as a favorite by clicking the 'Add to favorites' icon at any echo page. You can then organize your favorites in folders and subfolders. Favorites are a very handy feature if you make the effort to select those echos you want to play in situ before a trip. By tagging them as favorites you can quickly access them with the internet enabled mobile phone and save the effort to browse and search for them twice.
A walk is a group of echoes that are bound together by some common thread and can be listened one after the other. You will be able to define an order or logical listening sequence for your echoes. If you have created a series of echos you feel people should listen as a whole, then you can create a walk from these echoes. Once an echo is added to a walk, it does not vanish, don't worry. It will still also be visible as a single echo. Currently, you can only create walks based upon your echoes.
Creating a walk : give it a name and the a list of all your echoes will be shown. Drag and drop the echoes you want to include in your walk. Currently, you can only create a walk from your own echoes.
Once a walk has been created, it is still possible to edit and expand it. In the walk page, you will find a link to edit the echoes in that walk. The link will take you back to the list of all your echoes (as when you created the walk) so that you can drag and drop new echoes into the walk. Moreover, at the walk page you can also drag and drop the walk echoes to rearrange their order
Woices has a mobile web portal (woices.mobi) optimized for mobile phones. In its front page you will find an e-code search form. Simply input the e-code and the referred echo will be played. There is also a general search form to look and find echoes as well as a shortcut to your favorites.
e-codes are shortcuts to quickly access and listen to an echo. They are a kind of barcode or reference number. In the mobile woices web site you will find a form where inputting the e-code will allow you to get the desired echo instantaneously. e-codes are very handy when the echoes author can place a tag or sticker with them at the exact place where they should be listened. For instance, in a museum exhibition. Please, feel free to use e-codes however you want. Surprise us!
A group is a community of people who share and collaborate. They may share a common interest on a specific topic or simply know each other and want to offer echoes and walks under a group page. Groups have a pool of shared echoes and walks contributed by their members. Every Group has a message board where their members can discuss about their things
Creating a group is very easy. You can invite as many friends or colleagues as you wish to join your group. Input their emails and they will receive the invitation to join. The user who initially creates the group becomes its Administrator, and can promote other members to the category of Administradors or Moderators.
Groups have their own page where echoes and walks in their pool are aggregated and shown.
At every echo or walk page, listed at 'more actions', you have the option to 'Add to group'. Click on this action and you will be shown a list of all groups of which you are a member, so that you can select the one to which you want to add the echo or walk.
By default, woices will show you all echoes in any language. You may (logically) want to see only those echoes in the languages you speak or understand. Do so by going to your personal language settings and select those languages you want to filter.
By default, woices applies the most restrictive license to the echoes you create. But you can set a more open (Creative Commons) default license by editing your personal license settings. In addition, you can change any individual echo license from its page.