UP FRONT: President's Report
From Eric Leonardson
Happy New Year! It is my great pleasure to introduce this issue of the newly formatted WFAE Quarterly News announcing the launch of our rebuilt website, an active blog, and the publication of our first digital journal. All of these platforms include a new World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) logo designed by Chicago-based artist, designer, and composer, Dan Mohr. Not only is our visual design upgraded, our journal and website utilize current digital standards, media, and databases to enhance the accessibility, functionality, affordability, and inclusivity of the WFAE’s global forum as a network of associated groups and individuals.
This effort started in 2012, initially to make the journal’s production more cost-effective. The complexity of the tasks included was challenging but enticing. By 2016 the organization was in a better position to evolve our Internet presence—website, digital journal, newsletter and social media—more effectively and in an integrated way. An “e-journal” has the capacity for including more than audio and makes the flow of information porous and interactive as dynamic replaces content. The ability to include high quality color images and video exemplify the journal’s more inclusive capacity. A more inclusive, nimble and interactive approach should engage and attract new members, providing that forum for discourse and connection that the WFAE has always strived to be for the new, burgeoning field of acoustic ecology in its ever-growing manifestations.
In this edition of the WFAE Quarterly News we continue to feature news from individual WFAE members as well as from the Japan Association for Sound Ecology (JASE) and the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology (AFAE). I also take this space, on behalf of the WFAE, to welcome Tyler Kinnear, the newest new member of the WFAE Board representing the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE)/Association canadienne pour L’écologie sonore (ACÉS).
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