Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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The Technical University of Denmark (Danish: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), often simply referred to as DTU, is a university in the town Kongens Lyngby, 12 kilometres north of central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1829 at the initiative of Hans Christian Ørsted as Denmark's first polytechnic, and it is today ranked among Europe's leading engineering institutions.

Along with École Polytechnique in Paris, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University of Munich and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, DTU is a member of EuroTech Universities Alliance.

DTU is a vibrant elite technical university, recognized for its high level of international research and its sought-after graduates.

Worldwide Citizen Science Apps

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Hydrology Citizen Science App
University of Zurich

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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CrowdWater
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Phenology Citizen Science App
ZAMG Austria

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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Nature's Calendar ZAMG
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Botany Citizen Science App
Cardiff University

At the Spot-a-Bee Citizen Science project, the researchers of Cardiff University and the University of Glasgow, UK want to find out what plants, trees and shrubs are important for bees in city and town parks and gardens. The project also wants to understand how planting in urban places might affect the production of urban honey. People can help survey bee-friendly plants in towns, cities and villages.

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Spot-a-Bee
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Environmental Citizen Science App
University of New South Wales

CoastSnap is a global Citizen Science project to capture changing coastlines. With the Citizen Science App, users can create timelines of coasts and record their development. Observing and uploading photos of the same location into the CoastSnap App helps researchers to understand how coastlines are changing over time.

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CoastSnap
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Social science Citizen Science App
University of Edinburgh

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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CoronaReport
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Zoology Citizen Science App
Ghent University

In the SpiderSpotter App, Citizen Scientists can share 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 and it has an active community of spider enthusiasts and arachnologists.

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SpiderSpotter
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Environmental Community Engagement App
GLOBAL2000

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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Global2000 LitterBug
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Mycology Citizen Science App
Austrian Mycology Society

Pilzfinder is the Web App of the mycology research society of the University of Vienna. In the browser-based project, participants 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, users help with the science behind fungi and learn more about the fascinating world of mushrooms.

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Pilzfinder
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Hydrology Citizen Science App
University of Delaware

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, Citizen Scientists can help the University of Delaware, US, with their research.

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Coastal Observer
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Social initiative Data Collection App
SPOTTERON

ArtSpots is a community-built art atlas. Through the App, people interested in various art forms like street art, historical or contemporary art, photography, architecture, and more can put their art observations on the map and discover art spots in their city or while travelling. The art community in the App allows exchanging with other like-minded people and contributing to a worldwide art collection.
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ArtSpots
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Environmental Citizen Science App
Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), VA

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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Stjärnförsöket
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Environmental Citizen Science App
AGES

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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Tea Bag Index

Horizon Europe / Horizon 2020 Projects

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Horizon 2020 Invasive Species Monitoring App

The IPM-Popillia Horizon 2020 project aims to address the challenge of a new risk to plant health in Europe's agriculture and food safety: the invasion of the Japanese Beetle, Popillia japonica. This invasive species was introduced accidentally to mainland Europe in 2014 and can quickly spread by transportation and trade. As a species with a wide range of feeding plants, P. japonica threatens the entire agricultural sector, urban landscapes, and biodiversity in invaded areas.

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IPM Popillia | Integrated Pest Management of the Japanese Beetle
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Horizon 2020 Citizen Social Science App

In Europe and globally, substantial numbers of young people are at risk of social exclusion. Therefore, there is a pressing need to develop more knowledge and innovation to create inclusive and youth-friendly societies. The Horizon 2020 R&I Project YouCount contributes to these needs by developing 'actionable' knowledge for social inclusion of disadvantaged youths in the European Union and creating better means for social inclusion through citizen social science.

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YouCount | Youth Citizen Science
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Horizon 2020 Citizen Science App

The impact of plastic pollution on soil health is largely unknown. However, the amounts of plastic entering soils are equal to or possibly even more significant than those entering our rivers, seas, and oceans. MINAGRIS, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, will investigate how plastic affects soil biodiversity, soil functions, associated ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity.
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MINAGRIS | Micro and Nanoplastics in Agricultural Soils

National / Regional Citizen Science Apps

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Geology Citizen Science App
University of Zürich

MTA - MountainApp wants to inspire people to immerse themselves in landscapes. MTA - MountainApp is a project jointly run by researchers from Switzerland and Georgia. MTA -  MountainApp was developed for a transnational research seminar taught at the University of Zurich and the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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MTA MountainApp
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Phenology Citizen Science App
Earthwatch Australia

The ClimateWatch program is the collaborative brainchild of Earthwatch Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. The ClimateWatch Citizen Science App enables every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change.

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ClimateWatch
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Health Citizen Science App
Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP)

Our Outdoors is a citizen science project which aims to find out more about what users experience when they are in public spaces such as parks, beaches, canals, and town squares. It was developed by researchers in the Scottish Collaboration of Public Health Research and Practice (SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Sustrans, the MRC and citizens.

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Our Outdoors
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Ornithology Citizen Science App
The University of Sydney

The Big City Birds Citizen Science App aims to learn about five specific bird species and their behavioral adaptations to living in the city. Their whereabouts, behaviors, communal roosts, and nest sites are of interest to researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, the National Australian University, and The University of Sydney. The data collected will help scientists understand these species’ behavior, movement, reproduction, distribution, and habitat use in suburban areas.

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Big City Birds
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Pedology Citizen Science App
University of Zürich, Agroscope

Is there a connection between underpants and vegetables? Underpants can be used to assess how alive the soil is. In this Citizen Science App 'Slip of Evidence', scientists from the University of Zurich and Agroscope Switzerland are testing whether this is true.
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Slip of Evidence
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Ornithology Citizen Science App
University of Vienna

"Crows in the zoo" is a Citizen Science project of the Department for Behavioral and Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and the Zoo Vienna. The researchers aim to find out more about the species and subspecies of crows that use the Zoo area. All visitors of the Zoo Vienna are welcome to join in!

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KraMobil
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Mammalogy Citizen Science App
National Museums of Kenya

The MAKENYA | Mammal Atlas Kenya is the first Citizen Science App for an African country running on the SPOTTERON Platform. The Citizen Science Project from the Zoology Department of Kenya's National Museums, enables naturalists to report sightings of mammals during their expeditions. Such data is unavailable, but is valuable for conservation and mapping the distribution of Kenyan mammals.

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MAKENYA
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Environmental Citizen Science App
Green Growth Suriname

With the Green Growth app everyone can contribute to keeping Suriname the greenest country on earth with 93% forest cover. The data will help to manage the forests of South America. This Citizen Science project aims to create an active community of forest watchers and keep Suriname green.

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Green Growth Forests
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Paleontology Citizen Science App
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

This project gives interested Citizen Scientists, who range from school pupils to amateur collectors and professional scientists, a basis for identifying new fossil findings, publishing these and thereby completing the network of data from the Earth history in Austria.

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Fossilfinder
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Umweltschutz Monitoring App
Suske Consulting

"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.

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EBW - Result-oriented management
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Zoology Citizen Science App
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

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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Roadkill
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Oncology Citizen Science App
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute

PATIO stands for "Patient Involvement in Oncology" and is a project of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Applied Diagnostics, which deals with citizen involvement after the diagnosis of prostate cancer. In the PatioSpots app, users can enter, find & rate WC facilities, as well as treatment, counseling and important contact points in their surrounding area. 

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PatioSpots
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Geology Citizen Science App
ZAMG

QuakeWatch Austria - an initiative of ZAMG (Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics) - involves broad sections of the population in earthquake research. The objective is to record earthquake perceptions and effects in Austria more quickly and precisely. The collected data of the Citizen Scientists support a better assessment of the hazard of future earthquakes.

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QuakeWatch Austria
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Biology Citizen Science App
University of Queensland

Soils for Science is a Citizen Science initiative of The University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience. Soils for Science aims to inform the public on the importance of antibiotic resistance in modern healthcare, and soil microbes as a source of next-generation antibiotics. Soils for Science provides the public with free sampling kits to collect soil samples rich in microbial biodiversity (bacteria and fungi). 

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Soils for Science
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Geology Citizen Science App
Geologische Bundesanstalt

The connections between water and geological underground are diverse and often complex. Using the SIBRA App, citizens can generate reliable data on these topics and thus contribute to a better understanding of these connections. At the Geological Survey of Austria, the data is being combined with other methods of measurement and used, inter alia, in developing models and scenarios that allow for assessing possible effects of extreme weather events, such as heavy precipitation, rapid snowmelt, flooding or draught.

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SIBRA
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Cultural Citizen Science App
LEO-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 focused on contributions about landmarks and historical buildings in the area. The project is including local communities and gather their knowledge about their own regions. 

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Landauf, LandApp BW
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Botany Citizen Science, Community Engagement App
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)

Nature Park Garden is a project of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)).
Gardening is experiencing a renaissance. By avoiding pesticides and peat and using natural cycles in cultivation, biodiversity is promoted. Gardens offer enormous potential for the protection of biodiversity, and this Citizen Science project is here to help.

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Nature Park Garden | BUND
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Zoology Citizen Science App
The University of Queensland

Cane toads are relentless invaders. Native to Central America, cane toads were transported to sugar cane growing regions of the world early last century, including Australia, in the hope they would eat and eradicate beetles devastating sugar cane crops. The experiment failed spectacularly. Toads ignored beetles, and instead embarked on an epic global invasion.

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Cane Toad Challenge
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Phenology Citizen Science App
Regionalmanagement 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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Nature's Calender Burgenland
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Phenology Citizen Science App
Nature Parks 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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Nature's Calendar Upper Austria
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Transportation studies Citizen Science App
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

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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Was Geht Ab?
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Behavioural science Citizen Science App
University of Vienna

"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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Forschen im Almtal
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Ornithology Citizen Science App
University of Vienna

WaldrApp is a Citizen Science project from the University of Vienna aiming to collect ecological 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.

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WaldrApp

Finished Citizen Science Projects

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Phenology Citizen Science App
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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Cultural Citizen Science App
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 Citizen Science App

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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Social initiative Data Collection App

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 initiative Community App
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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Transportation studies Citizen Science App
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 Citizen Science App
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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Phenology Citizen Science App
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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Behavioural science Citizen Science App
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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Phenology Citizen Science App
LACON | ZAMG

Nature's Calendar 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.

Short News

  • Three new papers on the SemantiX project titled "Accessing Multiple Semantic EO Data Cubes in One Graphical User Interface", " Think global, cube local: an Earth Observation Data Cube’s contribution to the Digital Earth vision", and "Semantic Querying in Earth Observation Data Cubes" have been added to the SPOTTERON paper section.

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  • The CrowdWater Citizen Science App running on the SPOTTERON platform has been updated with new options in the Stream Typ category, allowing users to collect info on water quality, clarity, pollution, and more. Additionally, the interactive map is now available with Satellite View. Read more about CrowdWater.

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  • A new paper by our partners from the Roadkill project titled "A dataset of road-killed vertebrates collected via citizen science from 2014–2020" has been added. Find it in the Papers & Publications section!

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