Celebrating a Milestone With Nature’s Calendar: 100k Citizen Science Phenology Observations

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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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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

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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

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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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Celebrate, Communicate, Co-create - Australia's great Citizen Science Conference 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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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Blocking Content in Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform

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Publishing Smartphone Apps on the App Stores for Android and IOS comes with necessities within the set of rules defined by Apple and Google. All Apps on the platforms must accept the terms of services and given rules to be able to have a presence on the App Stores. Sometimes this also comes with surprising challenges, as we have experienced a short while ago. 

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E-Mail Subscription to your Citizen Science Project on the SPOTTERON Platform

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For Citizen Science projects that want to get in touch with their users via newsletters, SPOTTERON offers an "e-mail subscription" feature, that any project on the platform can utilize right from the start.

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Let Participants in Your Citizen Science Project Know That You Care - Reward them with a Badge!

Let Participants in Your Citizen Science Project Know That You Care - Reward them with a Badge!

Communication in Citizen Science projects is a significant factor in your project's success. There are many ways to connect with the participants in a project, one of them is rewarding users when they contribute.

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The SPOTTERON Citizen Science Community is now on Discord!

The SPOTTERON Citizen Science Community is now on Discord!

Are you a SPOTTERON Partner who wishes to engage with Citizen Scientists on the Plattform more directly?
Do you have questions about a specific project or SPOTTERON in general that you want to ask quickly or any issues to report, but you don’t like to send an e-mail?
Search no more; we’ve got you covered!

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Fossilfinder - the new paleontology app on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

Fossilfinder - the new paleontology app on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

We are excited to present you the latest web app on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform today: The Fossilfinder is the new tool for hobby and professional paleontologists to document fossil finds throughout Austria and beyond.

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Better science data over time in Citizen Science Apps: introducing the Nearby-Spots feature

Better science data over time in Citizen Science Apps: introducing the Nearby-Spots feature

As a project partner on the SPOTTERON platform, you can now gently guide the Citizen Scientists contributing to your project to make better, more accurate observations in the Apps, thus making the data you're trying to obtain better and easier to manage.

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Spot-A-Bee, the Citizen Science App about bees and plants in cities, is now also available in Welsh. Croeso!

Spot-A-Bee, the Citizen Science App about bees and plants in cities, is now also available in Welsh. Croeso!

We're delighted to announce that the Spot-A-Bee Citizen Science app is now available to Welsh speakers! The project aims to determine which plants, flowers, and trees in cities and urban areas benefit our most popular pollinators: the bees.

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"The Science of Citizen Science" Book has been published!

"The Science of Citizen Science" Book has been published!

Starting the new year with some good news: The new open-action book, "The Science of Citizen science "has been finally published by Springer and is now availableas a free book (Open Access) for download.
With over a hundred contributing authors from 24 countries, including us, the book is a culmination of the work of the COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology in Europe) Action, "Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe ", COST Action CA15212.

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Big City Birds - A Citizen Science Success Story from Australia

Big City Birds - A Citizen Science Success Story from Australia

We are delighted to hear that our partner’s, the University of Sydney’s, Big City Birds app is making a big impact in Australia, as a recent article in the Guardian Australia shows.
The Citizen Science app that allows city-dwellers to turn into scientists and track Australia’s urban birds runs on the SPOTTERON platform.

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Private Spots - A new Feature on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

Private Spots - A new Feature on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

In many Citizen Science and community engagement projects, participants may be reluctant to enter any data that may be sensitive, either, e.g. because of contributing an endangered species or for not wanting to share the location of their private garden.

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Big City Birds - A New Project on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

Big City Birds - A New Project on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform

The Univerity of Sydney invites citizens to take part in their latest Citizen Science project, Big City Birds, running on the SPOTTERON platform. The project aims to find out more about the adaptability of certain bird species in cities and urban areas.

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Brush Turkey app wins 2020 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science Australia

Brush Turkey app wins 2020 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science Australia

The finalist 2020 for the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science Australia has been announced. Congratulations to Team Brush Turkey who are listed with the BrushTurkey app, which is running on the SPOTTERON platform!

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Citizen Science for everyone! An interview with SPOTTERON in prestigious Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

Citizen Science for everyone! An interview with SPOTTERON in prestigious Austrian newspaper "Der Standard"

Biodiversity apps are booming, so it is no surprise that even traditional newspapers are writing about it. We are therefore proud to report that our co-founder Philipp was interviewed by the prestigious Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" (print edition) on new technologies and nature apps.

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Shortnews

  • 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
  • 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.For that purpose, we have developed a new feature for all Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform to enable users to set up in a Spot spatial data along with their recording. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog

    Wednesday, 04 May 2022