What we need to bring new people to Citizen Science: our strategy for reaching out and engaging new people who have never heard of Citizen Science before

What we need to bring new people to Citizen Science: our strategy for reaching out and engaging new people who have never heard of Citizen Science before

I am a Citizen Scientist. I have been one since I was eight years old, albeit without ever hearing the term even once. I was interested in nature, the environment, and I spent hours after hours exploring the wildlife in ponds, my parents' garden, forests, and even brown land. (Oh, I love brown land, I still sneak through construction fences to explore them sometimes :)

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Happy Holidays 2020 and thank you for all the Citizen Science!

Happy Holidays 2020 and thank you for all the Citizen Science!

This year was one of the most difficult ones for all of us, with the Corona Virus pandemic, lockdowns and social distancing. But nevertheless, 2020 also brought good things and amazing new Citizen Science projects on the SPOTTERON platform. We loved the exciting work tasks and the diverse project topics which we have been allowed to design and develop in this strange year.

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EU Horizon 2020 Call - Citizen Science Apps for a Green Deal

EU Horizon 2020 Call - Citizen Science Apps for a Green Deal

The new call in the EU Horizon 2020 program aims for supporting and implementing a Green Deal. For projects participating in this call and searching for partners for Citizen Science Apps and participatory tools, we are happy to help!

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ECSA 2020: Designing a citizen science project? Let’s explore technology design & implementation!

ECSA 2020: Designing a citizen science project? Let’s explore technology design & implementation!

On this year's ECSA Citizen Science conference, we have been invited to hold a workshop on technology and the practice of design for Citizen Science. Since the conference moved completely online (read more about our experiences here in the Blog), we filled the session together with Jessie L. Oliver, who shared her research on how to design fun citizen science tech to find a sneaky Australia bird species (i.e. Eastern bristlebirds). Citizen Science is used and what technology implementation means for Citizen Science Apps and interactive online tools. Thanks for inviting us to be part of that session!

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Our ECSA 2020 Citizen Science Conference Experience - going virtual!

Our ECSA 2020 Citizen Science Conference Experience - going virtual!

From 6th to 10th of September, the European Citizen Science Conference ECSA 2020 took place in the virtual space. Since we have been designing and developing the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform for apps and interactive toolkits since 2014 already, it was not our first conference on Citizen Science - at least for Philipp, who is quite a regular in terms of visiting conferences. But this year, things rarely have been normal, and so the virtual event of ECSA 2020 was something new to all of us. Here are some first impressions by 2 conference newbies and a regular:

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Green Growth Forests - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

Green Growth Forests - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

Green Growth Forests is another new app on the SPOTTERON citizen science platform and the first project from South America!

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On the importance of design for scientific posters - and Winning the First Prize!

On the importance of design for scientific posters - and Winning the First Prize!

Making complex information easy to understand not just to scientists but also to citizens is an art form, especially when it comes to describing things or places very few among us have ever seen or experienced: space.

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Hey Citizen Scientists, want to name some Northern Bald Ibis Chicks?

Hey Citizen Scientists, want to name some Northern Bald Ibis Chicks?

Our Citizen Science partner "Konrad Lorenz Research Center", running the Citizen Science App "Forschen im Almtal" on the SPOTTERON Platform and initiator of "NestCams", our first collaboration with Zooniverse, started a great initiative. At their research station, they host a colony of Northern Bald Ibis, amazing birds which you can also observe in the "Forschen I'm Almtal" Citizen Science App.

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How it feels to be a Citizen Scientist (making an amazing find)

How it feels to be a Citizen Scientist (making an amazing find)

On Saturday last week, I was on a walk outside to get a little bit of sunshine. But since Citizen Science became a significant thing in my life, these rounds are not only for stretching my legs. With the smartphone in my pocket and a bunch of Citizen Science Apps installed, every walk feels like an adventure.

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A starry Citizen Science holiday card

A starry Citizen Science holiday card

2019 has been an amazing year. The SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform evolved into an even more professional solution for participatory science applications. In summer, we organized the "SPOTTERON Feature Ecosystem" into various thematic packages for a better overview of what the platform brings to every new Citizen Science project. Furthermore, we were able to welcome new project partners from all across Europe, Australia and the United States of America on SPOTTERON. 

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Upcoming app feature: Citizen Science Events

Upcoming app feature: Citizen Science Events

A brand new feature for all Citizen Science apps on the SPOTTERON platform comes with the next release version: Citizen Science Events. With this new extension, the project teams can publish events like workshops or field trips directly in the Citizen Science app. Secondly, it is possible to create area events, to e.g. highlight, where more observations by the Citizen Scientists are needed.

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EXPLORE CITIZEN SCIENCE - a co-created video clip for free use

EXPLORE CITIZEN SCIENCE - a co-created video clip for free use

During the iDiv Summer School 2019 "Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society, and Policy" in Leipzig, Germany, we co-created the concept for a free Citizen Science video called "Explore Citizen Science", which you can download and use freely.

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Citizen Science on tour: conferences, kids university and the iDiv summer school 2019

Citizen Science on tour: conferences, kids university and the iDiv summer school 2019

During summer, many conferences on Citizen Science and other events are happening. To spread the word about Citizen Science and share our experience in creating interactive Citizen Science apps, we had quite a schedule this year..

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Impressions from Obergurgl | before the OECSK2019

Impressions from Obergurgl | before the OECSK2019

Last week, the Austrian Citizen Science conference took place in Obergurgl, Tyrolia and we took the occasion to arrive one day earlier to visit the mountainside and get a good view of the impressive landscape surrounding the area.As Citizen Scientists, we always love to stumble apon new things to record and contribute in various scientific projects.

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Citizen Science App Release: Tea Bag Index on SPOTTERON

Citizen Science App Release: Tea Bag Index on SPOTTERON

A warm welcome to the new released Tea Bag Index Citizen Science app, now running on the SPOTTERON platform! We are especially happy to have this well known Citizen Science research project about soil and the global carbon cycle joining our CitSci network of projects by partner across Europe and beyond.The first spots by schools have already been contributed and the the first teabags have been burried to observe the decay rate of plant material on the locations.

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Citizen Science Data Statistics: a new SPOTTERON app feature for realtime data visualization

Citizen Science Data Statistics: a new SPOTTERON app feature for realtime data visualization

The new SPOTTERON version 2.7 does not only introduce the new Leaderboards (aka User Ranking) for all Citizen Science apps running on the platform, but also 2 more panels with new data statistics.

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Virtual Staff Gauges for Crowd-Based Stream Level Observations

Virtual Staff Gauges for Crowd-Based Stream Level Observations

We are proud to announce, that lately, we formed part of the author-team of a scientific paper, published in the Frontiers magazine, about Citizen Science based on hydrological observations.

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User Ranking 2.0: Community Leaderboards in Citizen Science Apps

User Ranking 2.0: Community Leaderboards in Citizen Science Apps

The new platform version 2.7. is going to bring a complete overhaul of the ranking panel with advanced community leaderboards and more statistic tool for all Citizen Science apps on the SPOTTERON platform.

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Citizen Science Interview I - Johannes Frauscher, Global 2000

Citizen Science Interview I - Johannes Frauscher, Global 2000

Today marks the release day for our Citizen Science interview series! Continuously we are going to publish interviews with different head of projects running on the SPOTTERON Platform.

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Multilingualism in Citizen Science Projects

Multilingualism in Citizen Science Projects

When developing Citizen Science Apps, the usability has a big impact on how well and frequent people use them in the end. The goal for Citizen Science Apps is to become an important part in the everyday lives of their users in the long term, so that users can gain experience and can contribute important data  to scientific projects.

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Shortnews

  • A new paper from a Horizon 2020 project titled „D1.1 Internet list of stakeholders“ has been added to the paper section.

    Wednesday, 09 June 2021
  • 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. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog

    Tuesday, 25 May 2021