Observing nature with a Citizen Science App
A Community Science project partner university
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EU Horizon Europe funding for Citizen Science
Young Citizen Scientists interacting and having fun with Citizen Science
Reliable Citizen Science Apps and Tools

We provide

Reliable Citizen Science tools,
built custom for your project
Trusted by Universities and Institutions

SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform

Trusted by universities & institutions
all across Europe and beyond
Full support, ideal for science grants

Fixed price model with all features included

Full support, planable costs,
ideal for science grants
Citizen Science for Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020

EU research projects

Citizen Science Apps
for Horizon 2020 & Horizon Europe

Creating partnerships and building tools

for EU-wide community science projects.

A Citizen Science Community in every App

Social Citizen Science

A full Community
for your Citizen Science App

SPOTTERON provides an integrated social network

in every App on the platform. Because Citizen Science is social.

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THE PLATFORM
for Citizen Science APPS & volunteer monitoring

SPOTTERON is a fully customizable solution for your Citizen Science, environment protection, and volunteer monitoring projects. It can be fully adapted to your project's needs and is constantly updated and maintained. All projects powered by SPOTTERON feature their own custom Smartphone Apps for iOS and Android and an interactive embeddable map application for your homepage. As a sustainable project ecosystem for custom Citizen Science Apps, we not only build digital tools for universities and research teams but also provide a wide range of features for all projects. A core aspect of the SPOTTERON Platform is strong ties in Community Building, Communication, and quality Design for public engagement and innovation.

SPOTTERON PARTNER AND CLIENTS

Citizen Science Partner University of Wien Citizen Science Partner University of Lunds Citizen Science Partner University of Stockholm Citizen Science Partner Vetenskap und Allmänhet5 logos earthwatch australia trinity college dublin sveriges lantbruks universitet 26 logos science et cite the royal botanic garden sydney agroscope aalborg university

Thanks to the experience and the knowhow as well as the basic structure of SPOTTERON, we were able to have the CrowdWater apps developed in no time. We consider the model that allows every project to use all newly developed tools very fair and transparent. This way our apps even got some new features, we didn't even know we needed before.

Simon Etter, University of Zurich

To me, SPOTTERON is the successful combination of scientific claim and aesthetic design. The apps work intuitively, are extremely appealing and still fulfill all my scientific requirements when it comes to data quality and safety. Working together happens in a very loyal and trusting way and that allows us to profit from the design- and usability experience SPOTTERON has.

Daniel Dörler, University of Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

If you are looking for a dedicated team for the development of a Citizen Science App - even if that has to happen quite fast- you are in good hands at SPOTTERON. Fast communication, straightforward coordination and running updates of the app, even after the release, characterize our successful collaboration.

Magdalena Gärtner, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg

I've worked with loads of app developers over my career, but none so high quality as SPOTTERON. Their capabilities are astounding. They are incredibly innovative, creative and agile with a keen sense of humour and lightness. SPOTTERON apps are the benchmark of how to do citizen science well. They are elevating our ability to engage with the natural world in a meaningful way.

Jen Sutfin, EarthWatch Australia

Through the SPOTTERON App "Was geht ab?" we were able to create an appealing and useful possibility for kids, to spot problem- and feel-good areas in their home- and school surroundings. In the SPOTTERON team we found reliable and creative partners, that care about more than just the implementation. 

Juliane Stark, University of Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

With our SPOTTERON App Nature's Calendar ZAMG we are always technically up-to-date. As a result we are able to offer our Citizen Scientists a tool which is also appealing to today's generation without having to worry about any technical questions.

Thomas Hübner, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik ZAMG

With our project Roadkill, we were on the SPOTTERON platform since its beginnings, this way we got to witness the great development of this tool first-hand and were able to contribute in the shaping process. SPOTTERON manages the fine balance between scientific research, community management and modern design. The personal collaboration on a professional level supports the comfortable atmosphere in the project.

Florian Heigl PhD, University of Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna

The app developed by SPOTTERON is an ideal extension to our established methods and strengthens the inclusion of Citizen Scientists. The design and intuitive usability relate also to a young audience. Especially the community features make a direct feedback possible and it is especially motivating that the SPOTTERON team themselves are actively contributing in the app - a win-win situation for everyone.

Irmgard Greilhuber, Mycological Society Austria, University of Vienna

Mammals Atlas Kenya (MAKENYA), an operational mobile application to submit mammal sightings by citizens was launched in January 2021. I found the SPOTTERON team very magnanimous, highly professional, meticulous and committed to their work; and definitely I recommend the team to anyone interested in citizen science applications worldwide.

Simon Musila, Mammalogy Section, National Museums of Kenya

GLOBAL 2000 has been working closely with Spotteron for more than 3 years. Together we have started the DreckSpotz app and are constantly developing it. The SPOTTERON team is not only incredibly competent, but above all very flexible and uncomplicated. That's why we feel extremely well looked after as an environmental organization and NGO.

Johannes Frauscher, GLOBAL 2000, Friends of Earth Austria

Working with SPOTTERON to design the app was an interesting experience for me. As an ecology PhD student, I knew how to catch Brush-turkeys and design experiments to learn about their behaviour. I knew next to nothing about how to engage with the broader community at large. SPOTTERONS’s expertise was invaluable here, they have experience in designing apps that people want to use, and balance detail with ease of function.

Matthew Hall, University of Sydney

What I especially like about SPOTTERON, is that we get to use many ideas and new tools that were developed for other projects in the SPOTTERON family without having to pay for them..

Klaus Wanninger, Lacon

SPOTTERON FEATURES

The core features of SPOTTERON cover a wide range of innovative features for Citizen Science apps, while maintaining low prices. The custom smartphone apps for Android & IOS and the interactive map are a complete modern toolset for projects for Citizen Science, smart city apps and similar uses. The apps and maps can be individually customized and branded, while recieving regular updates during the whole runtime. Our development team is ready for extending the platform with new features for your project needs.

PROJECT FEATURES

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Citizen Science apps

For your project we release your own custom branded smartphone application for Android and iOS.
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Interactive maps

You can integrate your own SPOTTERON project directly in your website via iFrame and allow submission also for desktop users.
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Regular updates

We support and maintain your smartphone application and release regular updates for your project in the app stores.
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Project homepages

The SPOTTERON full feature package also contains a professional CMS website for your project.

SMARTPHONE APPS

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Spots & observations

Citizen Scientists can submit observations at GEO coordinates with pictures, descriptions and a custom set of data fields.
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Data management

You can download the spots of your project as CSV or connect your webservices via API in realtime.
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Privacy & data safety

Running interactive Citizen Science apps also means protecting the privacy and data of all Citizen Scientists.
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Push messages

Send your users push messages directly on their smartphones as status updates for your project.

ALL PACKS INCLUDED

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Community Pack

A social community with a news-feed and modern communication tools is built directly in your Citizen Science apps from the start.
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Data quality pack

Data quality is very important in Citizen Science - a range of features are helping with the quality of user's submissions.
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User motivation pack

User motivation is a key for long-term participation and for the gain of experience by the users in Citizen Science apps.
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Offline Mode

Your Citizen Science apps are ready for a real outdoor experience, even without internet connection.

Shortnews

  • "EBW" stands for "Ergebnisorientierte Bewirtschaftung" ("result-oriented management") and is a highly specialized app for farmers and agriculturists to increase biodiversity in Austrian agricultural and natural landscapes. It works with the newly devoleped features for Spatial Data Recording and Custom Project User Roles. Read more about this new App on the SPOTTERON platform on the Citizen Science Blog.

    Tuesday, 17 May 2022
  • It is often the case in Citizen Science Apps that participants have different levels of experience, tools, or knowledge levels. Examples of this can emerge in many research topics, from experts on species classification to people with measuring equipment. With the new SPOTTERON platform feature "User Roles," we have created the basis for an extendable system to set up different kinds of participant levels in a Citizen Science App. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog

    Wednesday, 04 May 2022