Features

With the core features of SPOTTERON we can easily launch a various range of projects without hassle. The adaptable set of functions allows an out-of-the-box release for most projects in a short timeframe. For custom features, our team of developers is ready to implement additional functionalities for your apps.

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Custom Citizen Science smartphone apps

The Citizen Science projects on the SPOTTERON platform are released as a stand-alone smartphone application for Android and iOS in the app stores of Google and Apple. The apps feature a unique color setup and can be branded by your own project and partner logos. By building on many years of constant development, all apps are optimized for performance and high usability with a custom look and feel and many advanced features included for free.

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Spots & observations

Citizen Scientists can put up observations easily in the SPOTTERON Citizen Science apps. Designed as outdoor tools, all apps are optimized for easy use and can still be customized to the project's data definition. The "Add Spot" dialog in the apps can be accessed with just a touch and features a flexible set of input methods and data fields for your project. New observations can also be submitted directly in browser using the interactive maps (web-app) of each project.

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Community Pack

Every app on the platform includes a full feature social community toolkit with many advanced functionalities like a user's newsfeed, comments, liking, following and even push messaging for getting in contact with the participants directly.

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Data quality pack

To foster data quality in your project, various tools are built into all apps on the platform for giving feedback, highlight well done observations for training and promote experienced users to help with classifications of all contributions.

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User motivation pack

Increasing the long-term motivation of the participants is an important key elements in running volunteer-based projects. All apps include tools for automatically rewarding users for their activity, community building features and notifications.

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Offline Mode

Outdoor apps are often in use where web connectivity is low. All Citizen Science apps on the platform include an offline mode with map area download, local spot saving and a waiting queue for new observations, saved locally without internet connection.

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Interactive maps

Each Citizen Science toolset on the SPOTTERON platform comes with a web-application called the "interactive map". This web-app allows Citizen Scientists to enter data simply via browser on their laptop or desktop and offers all key-features of the smartphone apps, including the Citizen Science community.

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Regular updates

Life cycles of smartphones and computers are short and technology is always moving forward. In this rapidly changing environment, it is essential to always maintain and update software like Citizen Science apps for smartphones or content mangagement systems for websites. At SPOTTERON, all packages include a full support during the whole runtime to guarantee stability and compatiblity for the users and a hassle-free toolset for the project scientists and admins.

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Project homepages

Beside the custom Citizen Science apps, the SPOTTERON Full Feature package offers a complete solution for your project. Including a professional Homepage based on a Content Management System (CMS) your Citizen Science project's website can be launched online along with the release of your project apps. Using an optimized Open Source framework for the website, we are able to build a flexible and design oriented homepage, which is ready for the modern wolrd wide web.

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Privacy & data safety

In an online environment, privacy and data safety are an important point to consider when running an interactive project. As digital natives ourselves, we apply high standards to the SPOTTERON platform in regards of technical solutions and also ethical decisions.

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Data management

Your project data is always available for you. We offer high quality data standards for all projects, running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform on a distributed server environment for high performance and stability.

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Logos & media

For each project on the platform, we create a project logo and typography if needed along with the app icons in shape of a marker. Furthermore, high quality teaser images and additional media are provided by our art department for app store pages and online promotion. 

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User ready

We design the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform from a unique perspective: by Citizen Scientists for Citizen Science. Through that approach, we are not only focussing on simple data collection, but provide an interactive environment for all the users in the Citizen Science apps.

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Community features

SPOTTERON is development with the users in mind. With the community features like comments, following and messaging currently in development each SPOTTERON project becomes an interactive platform for your project. Your users can interchange information directly in app and within the map integrations on your website and follow updates of other connected users. All acitivities are summarized in the users status feed and an overview regarding the friends network is provided.

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Direct messages

Besides the public interaction by users in comments and postings, the SPOTTERON community pack also features a direct messaging tool for all Citizen Science projects. You can send short text messages with push notifications directly to the smartphones of the Citizen Scientists, informing them about project updates, developments or new features.

Shortnews

  • The ACTION project has an open call for ongoing citizen science projects related to any form of pollution in Europe or worldwide looking for support. Read more about it in our blog!

    Tuesday, 20 August 2019
  • Another new statement from Jules Bruck, University of Delaware (Citizen Science App: Coastal Observer) is now online in our testimonial section!

    Tuesday, 20 August 2019