Science Meets Art - An Interview with Max Helmberger

Science Meets Art - An Interview with Max Helmberger

At SPOTTERON, we love it when science, design and art come together to create something quite special and unique. One of those special things are the clay animation videos by Max Helmberger.

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Six years of Citizen Science: Europe on SPOTTERON

Six years of Citizen Science: Europe on SPOTTERON

It has been six years since we started the first apps on the SPOTTERON platform and what a journey this has been!

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A User-Journey in Citizen Science Apps

A User-Journey in Citizen Science Apps

For Citizen Science projects, it is essential to understand the needs of the user and how to design interactive products and apps to guarantee good usability – which is highly involving. Researching and observing should be an experience with added value. Therefore User Journeys are often used in the progress of developing a new Application. 

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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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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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Green Week Brussels 2015

Green Week Brussels 2015

The team of "Project Roadkill" and citizen-science.at has been invited to hold a keynote at the Green Week in Brussels, Belgium in June 2015! The invitation was done because of the innovative approach of the projects and their professional presentation in social networks and especially the SPOTTERON apps and media. The Green Week event is visited by over 3000 people and besides the keynote the team is also present in the public space with an information booth. We are very happy to be part of this movement and congratulate the team!

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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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SPOTTERON Apps for Apple iPhones!

SPOTTERON Apps for Apple iPhones!

The SPOTTERON Apps are now also released for Apple iPhones! This very important milestone is a destinct step further in the development of the SPOTTERON Apps for Citizen Science and environment conservation projects. Welcome, iPhone Users!

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some thoughts on Cititzen Science: it needs a system

some thoughts on Cititzen Science: it needs a system

Currently in Barcelona, Spain, the yearly European Citizen Science Association summit is taking place. As not only an interested person in science and ecology but also as founder of SPOTTERON, events like this always result in following the various posts, tweets and streams online the whole days. At #ecsabcn In her keynote, Libby Hepborn from the Australian Citizen Science Association mentioned a something, which immediatly grabbed my attention.

@CSAustria also tweeted that statement:
"Libby Hepburn @CitSciOZ would like a "tripadvisor" for #citizenscience tools."

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#ECSA2016 and a new SPOTTERON project

#ECSA2016 and a new SPOTTERON project

Throwback Thursday for #ECSA2016,
and there are new projects in SPOTTERON!

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What Citizen Science can learn from Pokemon Go

What Citizen Science can learn from Pokemon Go

The hype continues: millions of people worldwide are taking their smartphones, go out and hunt down virtual spieces called Pokemons. And those people are not just the hard core gamers or the pokemon fans out there - the phenomon reaches out far.

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Sidenote: Best Plants for air filtering #officeadvice

Sidenote: Best Plants for air filtering #officeadvice

In the 80ties, NASA collaborated with the Associated Contractors of America (ALCA) to research which plants are best for filtering air and reducing the amount of various chemicals. Here is the Link to the complete study: Clean Air study - and the lovethegarden.com Community did put up this inforgraphic as a perfect guide for which plants you should cultivate at home and at your office. Our advise? All of them! SPOTTERON loves jungle:)

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Merry Christmas, Citizen Science!

Merry Christmas, Citizen Science!

We just want to say Merry Christmas and a big thank you for this exciting year full of #CitizenScience and cool projects to run. SPOTTERON has gone a big step forward, becoming a sophisticated tool for Citizen Science and Environment Protection projects in international use. We are looking forward to 2017 with already upcoming App releases, but until then: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Australia! Get your free Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform

Australia! Get your free Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON platform

SPOTTERON goes Australia! We are happy to announce that we are giving away a customised geo-locatable free Citizen Science app among all members of the Australian Citizen Science Association that take part in the competition and tell us how their proposed geo-locatable citizen science app will increase scientific knowledge.

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Video: What we do for Citizen Science

Video: What we do for Citizen Science

For the current Give-Away of a free Citizen Science App on the SPOTTERON platform for Australia, we did a short introduction video about what we do for Citizen Science and about the traits of the platform itself.

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Finally! The first SPOTTERON Citizen Science Adventure is here!

Finally! The first SPOTTERON Citizen Science Adventure is here!

We are really happy to present to you: the very first CITIZEN SCIENCE ADVENTURE! The idea has been lingering in our heads for quite some time now and we were finally able to get this new and exciting project started. The kick-off was made by our beloved Philipp Jonathan with a quick introduction to phenology and a common snowdrop he spotted in the Nature's Calendar app in a viennese parc this weekend.

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Citizen Science Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Citizen Science Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Today we decided to went on a Easter Egg Hunt - and since it is raining heavily today we took this journey to another realm: the microcosm!

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Let's meet Citizen Science! Episode 2 - Austrian Mycological Society ÖMG

Let's meet Citizen Science! Episode 2 - Austrian Mycological Society ÖMG

During the "Long Night of Research" (Lange Nacht der Forschung) in Vienna Austria at the Museum of Natural History (NHM) we met with Irmgard Greilhuber from the Citizen Science project Mycodata by the Austrian Mycological Society ÖMG. Irmgard is presenting the project and how Citizen Scientists can participate by submitting observations of mushrooms and fungi.

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Let's meet up for Citizen Science! SPOTTERON at the ECSA Conference 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland

Let's meet up for Citizen Science! SPOTTERON at the ECSA Conference 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland

From 3rd to 5th of June 2018, the ECSA Conference 2018 and the general assembly of the European Citizen Science Association takes place in Geneva, Switzerland. As members of ECSA and platform for Citizen Science Apps we for sure take part during the whole time.

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Bye Bye Anslagstavlan | Public Boards!

Bye Bye Anslagstavlan | Public Boards!

 

After running on the SPOTTERON platform since september 2016, Anslagstavlan (which even had a SPOTTERON designed logo), has ended and will therefore also leave our platform. We want to commemorate the project a little with this entry in our blog.

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Short News

  • A new paper titled "Citizen Science Approaches for Water Quality Measurements" has been published by the scientists behind CrowdWater. Find it in the papers section!

    in Shortnews
  • A new paper from the Horizon 2020 project IPM titled "Genetic variability of Metarhizium isolates from the Ticino Valley Natural Park (Northern Italy) as a possible microbiological resource for the management of Popillia japonica" has been added to our page. Find this and other Citizen Science related publications on the SPOTTERON Papers & Publications section.

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