Turning off the lights: a new "Night mode" in Citizen Science apps for observations from dusk till dawn

Turning off the lights: a new "Night mode" in Citizen Science apps for observations from dusk till dawn

Sometimes, Citizen Science contributions are happening long after the sun has set. To reduce the blinding effect of a smartphone display, we have included a new night mode option for all Citizen Science apps on the SPOTTERON platform.

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Why we recommend not more then 15 options to choose from lists in your Citizen Science app

Why we recommend not more then 15 options to choose from lists in your Citizen Science app

When developing a Citizen Science app, you can influence usability in many ways. But these crucial decisions can be decisive factors when it comes down to whether they enjoy using it and do so regularly.

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Happy New Year 2019 and thanks for all the Citizen Science!

Happy New Year 2019 and thanks for all the Citizen Science!

Thanks for all the CitizenScience! We wish you a happy New Year's Eve and many more exciting #CitSci moments in the upcoming year. We have already new projects coming up, the first one about light pollution and Citizen Science will be ready in 1st of February. But for now, we are off until the end of first week of the new year - see you in 2019!

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New feature: "User Roles" for Citizen Science apps (Data Quality Pack)

New feature: "User Roles" for Citizen Science apps (Data Quality Pack)

The next SPOTTERON Update brings 3 new extension for all Citizen Science apps on the platform. One of the new features are the upcoming "User Roles", part of SPOTTERON's data quality pack.

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Brushturkeys Citizen Science App on TV

Brushturkeys Citizen Science App on TV

We were very proud to see that the latest Citizen Science project to join the SPOTTERON platform and also winner of the Australian Citizen Science Conference competition was featured on Australian news last week.

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New Version release! SPOTTERON 2.5 brings Offline Maps and Badges for all Citizen Science apps

New Version release! SPOTTERON 2.5 brings Offline Maps and Badges for all Citizen Science apps

With the new SPOTTERON platform version 2.5 we bring two more highlights to all apps on the Citizen Science platform: First of all, the Offline Maps & Spots feature allows users to download map areas and spots on their phone for having them present, even when there is no internet connection available. This feature is a big improvement, specially for Citizen Science Apps, in which the main activity takes place often outdoors in the field where web connectivitiy is not always a given thing.

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Citizen Science Summer School 2018

Citizen Science Summer School 2018

From 15th to 19th of October, the Citizen Science Summer School "Citizen Science in Theory and Practice" took place in "Grünau im Almtal", a small town in the south of Upper Austria. Grünau is particular famous for the KLF, the "Konrad Lorenz Reseach Station" where zoologist and Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz studied animal behavior and became one of the founders of modern ethology. Not far from the research station, a whole week was dedicated to Citizen Science and many interesting workshops, sessions and collaboration teamwork took place.

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Preview: Offline Maps & Spots for Citizen Science Apps

Preview: Offline Maps & Spots for Citizen Science Apps

Citizen Science often happens out in the field where network coverage can be weaker. That's why it can be especially helpful and pratical to pre-download map sections and save them locally on a smartphone for excursions and hiking trips.

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Impressions from the European Researchers Night in Vienna

Impressions from the European Researchers Night in Vienna

Last week it was time for the annual European Researchers Night, a mega event which takes place simultaneously in hundreds of cities all over Europe, again. Of course we couldn't miss it and went to the event at the TGM in the 20th district of Vienna.

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New Citizen Science project-forum on SPOTTERON

New Citizen Science project-forum on SPOTTERON

Communication is an important factor in the Citizen Science field, not only within the projects themselves, but also among project leaders. For this purpose we implemented a forum on our website in the summer of 2018, which internally functions as a platform for exchange, networking and feedback.

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Two new features: Top Spots & Meta-Infos

Two new features: Top Spots & Meta-Infos

We recently added two new feature to SPOTTERONs ever extending 'feature ecosystem'. The two most recent additions 'Top Spots' and 'Meta-Infos' can enhance better data quality and more..

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From paper sketch to Citizen Science observation data entry dialogue

From paper sketch to Citizen Science observation data entry dialogue

Today we want to take you on a little trip in our blog. We want to take you on the journey of going from a paper sketch to a custom built Citizen Science observation entry dialogue alongside the most recent addition to the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform - Brushturkeys.

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Get the Citizen Science app manual along with your project

Get the Citizen Science app manual along with your project

We recently added something new as part of all SPOTTERON packages: a short app-manual for all interactive Citizen Science projects on the platform.

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A new addition to the platform - Welcome Brushturkeys

A new addition to the platform - Welcome Brushturkeys

We are happy to welcome a new project to the SPOTTERON platform this month. As you can tell by the name, „Brushturkeys - birds in suburbia“ is all about Australian Brushturkeys extending their natural habitat, which usually includes rainforests and woodlands, to suburban areas.

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Video: Forum Citizen Science in Frankfurt, Germany

Video: Forum Citizen Science in Frankfurt, Germany

On 6th & 7th of September 2018, the "Forum Citizen Science" took place in Frankfurt, Germany, organised by the german Citizen Science hub "Bürger schaffen Wissen".

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Hello there Frankfurt! See you at the #ForumCS

Hello there Frankfurt! See you at the #ForumCS

Hello there Frankfurt!

This Thursday and Friday, on the 6th and 7th of September, we will be in Frankfurt for the annual meetup of the German Citizen Science Community, the "Forum Citizen Science". We will be present during the entire conference, host a workshop and will also have a SPOTTERON stand.

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ECSA European Citizen Science Contest: Winner Announcement

ECSA European Citizen Science Contest: Winner Announcement

Thanks for the many interesting submissions and your paticipation in the SPOTTERON Citizen Science contest for getting a free App in Europe! We are finally able to announce the winner (and a follow up project as second place) here on our Citizen Science blog:

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Collaborative Citizen Science - Project synergies in extension ecosystem

Collaborative Citizen Science - Project synergies in extension ecosystem

All Citizen Science projects on the SPOTTERON platform can use all custom extensions on the platform without additional costs from the start.

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Article 13 threatens all Citizen Science projects - let`s take action now!

Article 13 threatens all Citizen Science projects - let`s take action now!
Last week, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) ignored all advice by data scientists, creators and experts and voted for the Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive. This could mean the end of web-based Citizen Science.
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ECSA 2018 - from the Conference about Citizen Science in Geneva, Switzerland

ECSA 2018 - from the Conference about Citizen Science in Geneva, Switzerland

Every two years, a big conference about Citizen Science takes place in an European Country - this time we travelled to Geneva in Switzerland, where the ECSA 2018 was happening.

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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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