Working together with the Community for better Data Validation in Citizen Science Apps

One of the often very time-intensive tasks when running a Citizen Science project is the validation of the gathered data. Is the user-provided information correct? Does the species classification work out? Is the location correct? The complexity of this task grows with the success of a Citizen Science project. When hundreds of new contribution...
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Does Data Validation improve with the community's help in Citizen Science Apps?

The new "Community Data Validation" Feature on the SPOTTERON Platform allows Citizen Scientists to be more deeply involved in the scientific process. The feature update in the ClimateWatch App by Earthwatch Australia allows users not only to submit observations but also to assess the accuracy and support the observations of...
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On the Living Knowledge Conference 2022 in Groningen & the Mudflats

The 9th Living Knowledge Conference 2022 took place in Groningen, Netherlands, from the 29th of June to the 1st of July. The Living Knowledge Network, the organizer of the conference, is a vital actor in the fields of Science Communication, Community-based Research, and Citizen Science. The Network works closely with Civil Society Organisations (CS...
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PatioSpots: The new toilet finder on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform

People in different stages of life and situations immediately need to find a publicly accessible toilet in a short time for different reasons. That is why the PATIO Spots App project was developed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Applied Diagnostics together with researchers from academia and self-help groups. The Citizen Science App is a helper i...
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The Horizon2020 IPM Popillia Citizen Science App has been updated

The IPM Popillia App has recently undergone a significant update boasting seven new beetle species for keen Citizen Scientists to observe, making this Horizon2020 project better as it grows. Citizen Science Observations made easier The beauty of the IPM Popillia App is that it's been designed to grow together with the project's requirements an...
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EBW - A New App for Monitoring Biodiversity in Agriculture on the SPOTTERON Platform

"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 serves to agree on concrete results or goals as part of an inspection of agricultural areas by experts, which are to be achi...
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Custom Project User Roles in Citizen Science Apps

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 extenda...
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Spatial Data Recording for Citizen Science Apps

Many Citizen Science and User Engagement projects utilize more than only point data for locations and spatial dimensions. Examples are plentiful - from setting up transects for counting butterflies to recording habitats and transformations. Spatial Data Recording in Citizen Science Apps For that purpose, we have developed a new feature for all Citi...
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Celebrating a Milestone With Nature’s Calendar: 100k Citizen Science Phenology Observations

We are thrilled to share the ZAMG's news that the Nature's Calendar phenology app running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform has reached its 100k spot milestone!According to our project partners, the most commonly observed plants were not indicator plants but others and their changes during the year. With the over 57000 comments and dis...
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Adapting Citizen Science App-Icons to a new technology

All Apps have a thing in common. They have an App-Icon. This visual element is one of the first things a participant in a Citizen Science App sees - and this makes it a vital part of a project. The first encounter with the App-Icon is already happening on the App Store page. Here, the App-Icon of a Citizen Science App represents a project and serve...
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User Mentions and Push Notifications - Enabling immediate direct communication for all Citizen Science Apps

Imagine a Citizen Scientist asking a question inside your project's App. What if a reply directly reaches the user on the smartphone with a beep as soon it is posted? This next level of immediacy is now a reality with the new "User Mention" feature for all Apps on the SPOTTERON platform. The new functionality enables direct and personal commun...
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Popillia japonica - an invasive pest's spread across the continent and how to stop it with the help of a Horizon Europe Citizen Science App

Popillia japonica is a small bug of approximately one-centimetre length with a shiny green head, brown-ish shiny wings and five distinct white stripes on its abdomen. However, while its jewel-like appearance is quite pleasing to the eye, we should not underestimate this invasive species' agenda: This beetle came to eat our crops and is very hungry.
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All about the birds: Ornithology apps running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform

Humans and birds have a very long shared history. We have grown them for poultry, we appreciate their beauty, and in some cultures, we had even worshipped them as gods. We have been observing birds, their behaviour, their flight and migration patterns since prehistoric times, many cave drawings around the globe being proof. To this day, humans...
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A Milestone for Citizen Science: SPOTTERON 3.0 is here!

It has been a busy year here at SPOTTERON. Despite the ongoing global pandemic, we are happy that a new platform generation is finally ready for your Citizen Science Apps! After months of building up the groundwork, thorough evaluation, testing and improving, we are excited to present you the new and most extensive Citizen Science Platform we've ev...
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Celebrating Participation - Celebrating #CitizenScience! Collectible Cards for #CitSciOz21

For the Australian #CitSciOz21 conference, we made something special. Throughout the conference, we will reveal 12 #CitSci Collectors Cards, highlighting user contributions in various Australian Apps on the SPOTTERON Platform. In this blog post, you can find all Collectible Cards revealed time by time. Enjoy! We will update all previous&n...
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Celebrate, Communicate, Co-create - Australia's great Citizen Science Conference 2021

Citizen Science is leading to remarkable developments worldwide, and in Australia in particular. Between bushfires and a global pandemic, and being a country that faces the effects of climate change on a large scale, it has seen an influx in citizen-driven science projects in recent times, uniting people to achieve a common goal. This October, the ...
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Offline Maps and Spots for Citizen Science on Field Trips

Summertime and the living is easy - especially for Citizen Scientists contributing their observations to projects running on the SPOTTERON platform. Excursions and field trips are excellent opportunities to observe nature in all its glory. From the phenological development of indicator plants for projects such as Climate Watch Australia or the ZAMG...
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Phenology Projects on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

At SPOTTERON, we create Citizen Science Apps for a wide array of scientific fields. One of the most exciting topics is phenology - the study of periodically recurring phenomena in nature's annual cycle - and how global warming affects the developmental stages of animals and plants. Volunteer monitoring of nature, the weather and the seasons date ba...
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Making Data Meaningful: Data Visualization Overlay in Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON Platform

The new "Data Visualization Overlay" brings interactive data visualizations to all Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON Platform. Significant relationships are illustrated with one click and presented in a visually appealing way.

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Citizen Science connecting Continents - Researcher Simon Musila about the importance of a Mammal Monitoring App in Kenya

A new Citizen Science App in Eastern Africa. In this video article, Simon Musila from the Mammal Section of the National Museums of Kenya speaks to 'Nature Kenya' about the importance of monitoring mammals in Kenya and why it is essential to use modern mobile application technology in scientific research to involve a wide range ...
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  • Thanks to the new "Community Data Validation' feature on the SPOTTERON Platform, the ClimateWatch Project set up a "Virtual Data Validation Blitz" with volunteers that ran from June 14th to June 17th focusing on Fauna and Flora species. Read more about the results in our Citizen Science Blog!

    Monday, 08 August 2022
  • In the new PatioSpots App on the SPOTTERON Platform, users can enter, find & rate WC facilities, as well as treatment, counseling, and essential contact points in their surrounding area. 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. Read more in our Citizen Science Blog

    Monday, 08 August 2022