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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CoronaReport App - A Citizen Science app in times of a global crisis

CoronaReport App - A Citizen Science app in times of a global crisis

Challenging times require creative solutions. The current corona crisis is a perfect example of that. That’s why we are excited to announce that the University of Edinburgh joined forces with SPOTTERON once more to create the CoronaReport Citizen Science app because understanding the social impact of COVID-19 on society is very important - not only for research but for society itself.

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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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A Milestone for Citizen Science: SPOTTERON 3.0 is here!

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

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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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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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New Citizen Science features in SPOTTERON 0.2.4

New Citizen Science features in SPOTTERON 0.2.4

If you've subscribed to our newsletter, its no big news at all: Last week, the new Citizen Science project by Vetenskap och Allmänhet (Science and Public) and the Universities of Gothenburg and Stockholm has been pre-released on Android and is in review by Apple. Time to go into depth what new features are available also for your own Citizen Science project in SPOTTERON!

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Package L for custom interactive maps

Package L for custom interactive maps

Not every citizen science project has the need for own custom smartphone apps. Starting with April 2018, we offer a light-weight SPOTTERON package for Citizen Science projects, which provides an innovative web tool for desktop browsers..

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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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Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated citizen scientist!

Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated citizen scientist!

In a new video series, our partners from Schweiz Forscht portray some of their most dedicated Citizen Scientist on their website.

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New on the SPOTTERON Platform: ClimateWatch - a Citizen Science App for Climate Research

New on the SPOTTERON Platform: ClimateWatch - a Citizen Science App for Climate Research
The impacts of climate change are accelerating. Greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels. A warming planet earth means rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of weather events, like fires, floods, cyclones, droughts, ocean acidification, and species loss. These are putting our health, livelihoods, food security, freshwater supply and economic growth at risk. It is time to take action on Climate Change and participate. 
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MAKENYA Mammal Atlas Kenya - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

MAKENYA Mammal Atlas Kenya - A new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform

The MAKENYA - Mammal Atlas Kenya project is a Kenyan Citizen Science App to monitor rare and common mammals. Together with scientists of the Zoology Department of Kenya's National Museums, we developed and designed the first mobile Application for an African country running on the SPOTTERON Platform.

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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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SPOTTERON | Project Roadkill at the European Green Week in Brussels 2015

SPOTTERON | Project Roadkill at the European Green Week in Brussels 2015

International Citizen Science projects in SPOTTERON? - Done easily!
We want to congratulate the project team of Citizen Science Austria and Project Roadkill for their well done presentation at the European Green Week 2015 in Brussels, Belgium today. Since both projects are powered by SPOTTERON, the easy-to-use smartphone app system for citizen science and projects in environment conservation, we also have been present at this important event.

If you got questions regarding SPOTTERON or want to launch (or relaunch) your own citizen science app, please don't hesitate to contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 0043 676 598 2272 - we will be happy to provide more information about SPOTTERON or support your own project with our system. Thanks a lot!

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New Features, new Apps

New Features, new Apps

There are news for your SPOTTERON Apps!

More Features, new Designs, more Apps, SPOTTERON has grown bigger again!

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New Version, many Updates: SPOTTERON v.0.1.8 is ready!

New Version, many Updates: SPOTTERON v.0.1.8 is ready!

During the last weeks we worked hard to deliver a huge update of the SPOTTERON Apps to you and in the meantime the new version 0.1.8 has been officially released for Android and sent in for review in Apple's iTunes.

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Feature introduction: Citizen Science Community Comments

Feature introduction: Citizen Science Community Comments

Through comments, users are able to interact with the spots directly in app in realtime. Posting comments is an important tool for both users and project teams, increasing the level of activity throughout the project and to provide information or make suggestions at observations. Below every spot in the Citizen Science app, users can find a tab with the comment section for observation-related comments.

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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