Apps

Current Smartphone Apps running on SPOTTERON - the Citizen Science platform.

The following Citizen Science projects are running their smartphone apps and interactive maps on the SPOTTERON platform with its wide range of features and advanced tools. All apps on the platform are part of a Citizen Science network with the possibility for users to login at all projects with their own user account simultanously. For all apps, we provide constant support and updates and regulary introduce new features for scientists and citizens alike.

Worldwide Citizen Science Apps

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Social science
University of Edinburgh

CoronaReport

The Citizen Science App "CoronaReport" allows social science to understand the current Corona Virus crisis better and collect data about the impact of COVID-19 on our lives and society. The app can be used by Citizen Scientists to create diaries and reports about situations, with which the Citizen Science community can interact and exchange their thoughts and stories. The contributions will help social science and the data will be made available to research partners. CoronaReport is lead by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

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Citizen Science
Phenology
ZAMG Austria

Nature's Calendar ZAMG

Naturkalender is the Austrian phenology App for interested Citizen Scientists who want to contribute to phenology and climate research by keeping a watch on their surroundings. Through Community Science observations like plants beginning to blossom, having fruits, starting to throw off leaves or when animals are active, they support the Austrian Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics´ data collection.

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Art
Social initiative
SPOTTERON

ArtSpots

ArtSpots is a community-built art atlas. Through the app people who are interested in various art forms like Street Art, historic or contemporary art, photography, architecture and more can put their art observations on the map and discover art spots in their own city or while travelling. The art community in the app allows exchanging with other like-minded people and contributing to a world-wide art collection. Let's spot art together!

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Hydrology
University of Zurich

CrowdWater

CrowdWater is a global Citizen Science project initiated by the University of Zurich, which collects hydrological data. The goal is to develop a cheap and easy data collection method that can be used to predict floods and low flow. The long-term aim of the project is to complement existing gauging station networks, especially in regions with a sparse measurement network, such as in developing countries.

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Zoology
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Roadkill

In the Roadkill Citizen Science Project from the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Citizen Scientists and researchers collect data about roadkill on streets all around the world. If there`s a high number of roadkill in one spot or a particular species gets killed in the same place a lot, that can help scientists understand how the animals came to die and find solutions for it.

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Zoology
Ghent University

SpiderSpotter

Do you love spiders? In the SpiderSpotter Citizen Science app, you can share your observations of spiders and their webs to help the research about their adaptation to the environment and contribute to biodiversity monitoring. The app features a range of spider species with and it has an active community of spider enthusiasts and arachnologists. If you love spiders (or at least appreciate them) join this Citizen Science project!

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Hydrology
University of Delaware

Coastal Observer

Coastal areas are in constant evolution, but in times of the imminent climate crisis, the coastline will change dramatically, and extreme weather phenomena are already starting to be part of our daily life. The Coastal Observer Citizen Science project explores these effects and their impact on the environment and our mood. By contributing observations about floods, tides storms and water quality, you can help the University of Delaware, US, with their research.

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Citizen Science
Environment
AGES

Tea Bag Index

In the Tea Bag Index Citizen Science App, everything is about soil. Various observation categories are ready to participate in, from easy soil classification and testing to the well-known method of burying and weighting teabags to measure the decay rate of plants. Citizen Scientists are welcome to participate worldwide and contribute to improving climate models and soil research.

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Environment
Environment
GLOBAL2000

Global2000 LitterBug

Global 2000's "LitterBug" Project is an initiative of the independent Austrian environmental organization GLOBAL 2000 alongside the Austrian Alpine Association "Edelweiss" and Alpine Club Mountain Club. The initiative was created to free nature from trash and to sharpen our  awareness for the trash surrounding us in nature. The aim is to support a sustainably clean environment everywhere.

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Environment
Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA

Stjärnförsöket

The "Stjärnförsöket" (Star-Spotting) project collects contributions about light pollution in Sweden and in partner countries. By pointing a cardboard tube in all cardinal directions, Citizen Scientists record how many stars they see at their current location. By these values, light pollution can be calculated directly in the Citizen Science app. The project is part of the "Forskar Fredag 2019" initiative, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program.

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Mycology
Austrian Mycology Society

Pilzfinder

Pilzfinder is the web-app of the mycology research society of the University of Vienna. In the browser-based project, you can contribute mushroom observations from all across Europe and get feedback from the expert of the Austrian Mycology Society. By joining this Citizen Science project, you can help with the science behind fungi and learn more about the fascinating world of mushrooms.

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National / Regional Citizen Science Apps

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Citizen Science
Cultural science
LEO-BW

Landauf, LandApp BW

Landauf, LandApp BW is an interactive data collection project by LEO BW and the National Archive of Baden-Würtemberg in Germany, EU. The Citizen Science app is focussed on contributions about landmarks and historical buildings in the area. The project is including local communities and gather their knowledge about their own regions. Who else would you ask about the people's own heritage than the people themselves?

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Behavioural science
University of Sydney, Australia

BrushTurkeys

BRUSHTURKEYS is a citizen science project aiming to gather sightings of, and behavioural information on, the Australian Brush-turkey, a native species spreading into suburban areas of Australia. This project is coordinated by The University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Taronga Conservation Society.

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Transportation studies
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Was Geht Ab?

In collaboration with the Institue for Transport at the University of Life Sciences, Vienna, this Citizen Science App was specially made for kids and teenagers. The Community Science project aspires to understand better how they perceive and rate possible dangers and their surroundings in general.

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Behavioural science
University of Vienna

Forschen im Almtal

"Forschen im Almtal" is the app for a Citizen Science project of the University of Vienna in collaboration with the wildlife park in Grünau in Austria's Almtal. Visitors of the Wildlife park can become Citizen Scientists and observe three bird species (grey goose, raven and northern bald ibis) and help collect data on their behaviour in the Citizen Science App 'Forschen im Almtal'.

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Phenology
Regionalmanagement Burgenland

Nature's Calender Burgenland

Nature's Calender Burgenland is the next regional project of the Nature's Calender app family. The Citizen Science app can be used locally for phenology observations in nature and offers all community functions and features for species classfication. By the local character of the Citizen Science app especially schools and educational institutions in the region can participate in an optimal way.

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Citizen Science
Phenology
LACON | ZAMG

Nature's Calender Lower Austria

Nature seems to be on a rollercoaster ride these days. Sometimes there's spring in the middle of winter, then there are cold spells over and over again when it's almost summer. This is why nature- and climate researchers need more and more information about when plants begin to blossom, have fruits or start throwing off their leaves or when animals are active. Entries in the ‚Nature's Calendar' App support the Austrian ZAMG's data collection.

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Citizen Science
Phenology
Naturparke Oberösterreich

Nature's Calendar Upper Austria

Nature's Calendar Upper Austria is a regional Nature's Calendar project, which also collects data for the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG). The data collected can be observed in nature and compared over years, so it's observations like plants starting to blossom, trees yielding fruit or throwing off leaves or animals being active that support scientific research in this project.

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Ornithology
University of Vienna

WaldrApp

WaldrApp is a Citizen Science project from the University of Vienna aiming to collect ecologic Information on the whereabouts of "Waldrapps" (English: northern bald ibis). Since these birds are an endangered species, the data collected through the app can help gain essential data for future settling projects. Feel free to join and contribute to this citizen observatory!

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Finished Citizen Science Projects

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Phenology
University of Stockholm

Fjällkalendern

While visiting Abisko, it's possible to participate in the research project concerning climate change effects in the Arctic and in the Swedish mountains. Interested Citizen Scientists can enter their observations of the mountain slope Nuolja/Njullà in" fenologislinga" ("science path") and thereby contribute to this citizen observatory.

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Citizen Science
Cultural science
University Gothenburg

Anslagstavlan

The Citizen Science project Anslagstavlan ("Public boards") collects images from bulletin boards around the world. By taking pictures of messages and describing them, you contribute to the scientific research on communication of a collaborated Community Science project among the University of Gothenburg, the University of Stockholm and the European Researchers' Night. Also, you are sharing a piece of culture with peers around the world.

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Cultural science

PoliticsRadar

In the Citizen Science Web-App of "PolitikRadar" pupils from various schools were able to share their views of participatory possibilities in various field of politics. A forum for communication between the research team and the participant was available for further exchange. The results are available at the website of the project here: https://www.politikradar.at/ (german only)

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Politics
Social initiative

WEVO | Vienna Elections

For the Viennese Elections 2015, the project WEVO was running as a participatory tool with the integration of citizen feedback to politics. Citizens were able to post observations about the daily life in the city of Vienna, categorize and rate their sightings and automatically submit these observations to the various parties available for election.

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Social
Social initiative
SPOTTERON

Surveillance

This community project aims to show the surveillance apparatus we are constantly being watched by. With their entries, the users can collect data on surveillance technology in their surroundings and also raise awareness of the denseness of surveillance surrounding citizens in their day to day lives.

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Citizen Science
Transportation studies
University of Salzburg - Center for Human Computer Interaction

GEFABE

The Top Citizen Science project „Gemeinsam fahren wir besser“ (approx: We drive better together) of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg aims to collect data on driver assistance systems in collaboration with Austrian drivers via the Community Science App GeFaBe. The goal is to highlight shortcomings and security holes but also good practice in driver assistance systems.

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Biology
University of Stockholm

Fågelbär

With this Citizen Science app, it's possible to contribute to the Community Science project "Fägelbär "(English: Birdberry) by reporting observations of birds eating berries. Researchers from the Department of Ecology, Environmental and Botany at the University of Stockholm collect the data to better understand which birds feed on which berries, how they are involved in spreading plants, and to gain knowledge about landscaping and consequences of a warmer climate.

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Citizen Science
Phenology
LACON | ZAMG

Nature's Calendar Styria (Austria)

Nature's Calendar Styria is another regional Nature's Calendar project which also aims to observe nature with the help of attentive Citizen Scientists. They support environment- and climate research with observations of when plants begin to blossom, trees produce fruit or start throwing off leaves or when animals are active. The collected data also goes into the data collection of the Austrian ZAMG (Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics).

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Shortnews

  • There are new Citizen Science projects listed in the Citizen Science app overview: CoronaReport for a better understanding of the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, ArtSpots for all of you who love art, photography and architecture, and a new regional phenology project called Nature's Calendar Burgenland. Check them out and download a Citizen Science app today!

    Sunday, 05 April 2020
  • Hashtags are an excellent tool to find and verify information on social media platforms quickly. Read, how you can use hashtags to foster engagement with users for your next or ongoing Citizen Science project on the blog.

    Monday, 17 February 2020