Offline Maps and Spots for Citizen Science on Field Trips

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.
What makes contributing to science so much fun and easy is the fact that you can use the SPOTTERON apps on the go: you see something interesting, you open the app on your mobile phone or tablet, start a new spot, snap a photo, save the Spot and that's it! Your Spot is now a valuable data point for the project you're contributing to. All you need is your device to be connected to the internet.
But what if you're in a remote valley in the Austrian Alps, or the Australian Outback, or in the middle of an ocean, and there is no WiFi as far as the eye can see?

Fear not! All apps running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform allow you to collect your sightings even when you're offline, for they are stored internally on your device. 

Waiting Spots are stored on your phone locally. You can upload them later when you're back online.
Update a Spot when you're offline by downloading existing ones to your phone.

 Citizen Science Apps designed for the Great Outdoors

To make things even better and your Spots more accurate, you can download the map of the area that you're going to visit before your trip. The map will also be stored internally and allows you to place your Spots in the right place. The app will also ask you if you want to download all existing Spots in that area, so you can add an update to them, too, when you're offline.  As soon as you're back online, you can go to your "Waiting Spots" in the main menu, have one last check of your Spot, and then save it in the app.

Download the map of the area where you making your research to use offline later.
You can also download the existing Spots of that area and update them when you're on the go.

Find out more about all the handy features of our Citizen Science Apps on the SPOTTERON Features page!

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