New Direct Communication Tools for Citizen Science Apps: User Message Boards

User-to-user communication and project-to-user communication are essential parts of modern interactive Citizen Science. In the new platform update, we extend the already present features in all Apps on the SPOTTERON platform with another significant upgrade: User Message Boards. Exchanging messages, enabling discussion Being able to contact each ot...
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Quo vadis, Twitter? - A Statement on the current situation on Twitter

As you may know, the ownership of Twitter has changed. Since then, the dynamic has spun increasingly out of control on that social platform. The new owner first changes core moderation policies to allow "free speech" (which means more radicalism in a social network) while censoring everything he dislikes. Secondly, there is chaos. The new owner ins...
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The Our Outdoors Citizen Science App has been updated!

Our Outdoors is a citizen science project to learn more about what you and others experience in public spaces such as parks, beaches, canals, and town squares.With the new update, the App has not only been brought to the latest technological standard of the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform. It also received a new polished design for its user inte...
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This was the ECSA Citizen Science Conference 2022 in Berlin

From the 5th to the 8th of October, the ECSA Citizen Science Conference 2022 took place in Berlin under the motto "Citizen Science for Planetary Health."We have been attending this fantastic bi-annual event (for sure) and spent four days in Germany's capital to learn more about citizen science and various approaches, definitions, and projects while...
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The ECSA European Citizen Science Conference 2022 takes place in October in Berlin - Meet us there!

 The ECSA European Citizen Science Conference is Europe's major meeting point every two years for actors and stakeholders in Citizen Science. In 2022, it takes place in Berlin, Germany, and we look forward to traveling to the North of Europe for Citizen Science! This year's conference motto, "Citizen Science for Planetary Health" reflects the ...
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Map Types for Citizen Science Apps

In Citizen Science Apps, the map often plays a central role. On SPOTTERON, different map types stand ready for every participant to use as a personal choice and for supporting correct locations when submitting data in the App.  We are always at some place - and the map in a Citizen Science App reflects this connection. In Citizen Science,...
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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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  • 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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