New on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform: Spot-A-Bee

New on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform: Spot-A-Bee

Spot-A-Bee, a new app by The University of Glasgow and the Cardiff University aims to find out which plants in urban areas are especially bee-friendly and help bee populations thrive.

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Introducing the Citizen Science Apps: Mushroom Finder

Introducing the Citizen Science Apps: Mushroom Finder

It’s mushroom season here in Austria, which means it’s the perfect time to introduce you to the Mushroom Finder- the SPOTTERON mushroop app for citizen scientist! 

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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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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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Tune in for Citizen Science! SPOTTERON at the ECSA 2020 online conference for citizen science in Trieste, Italy

Tune in for Citizen Science! SPOTTERON at the ECSA 2020 online conference for citizen science in Trieste, Italy

From the 6th to 10th of September, the European Citizen Science Conference 2020 by ECSA will be held exclusively online in Trieste, Italy.

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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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Slip of Evidence - a new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON Platform to explore soil health

Slip of Evidence - a new Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON Platform to explore soil health
A healthy soil ecosystem is essential for sustainable food production and plays a significant role in maintaining biodiversity. However, there is not yet a good understanding of which soil attributes are most important. Does a healthy, productive soil have high biological diversity, or is a good soil structure more important? 'Slip of Evidence' aims to get to the bottom of these questions.
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Shortnews

  • 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 Nature's Calendar to mammal observations in Kenya via the MAKENYA App - there are plenty of different scientific fields in which citizens and scientists can engage in the collection of valuable scientific data via the SPOTTERON apps when they're out and about. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog.

    Monday, 13 September 2021
  • At SPOTTERON, we create Citizen Science Apps for a wide array of scientific fields. One of the most exciting topics in Citizen Science is phenology, the study of periodic events in biological life cycles and how seasonal variations influence these in climate.  SPOTTERON currently houses two major phenology projects on the platform, the ZAMG Naturkalender (Nature's Calendar) from Austria and Climate Watch Australia - the first phenology project of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Read more on the Citizen Science Blog.

    Monday, 09 August 2021