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 SMARTPHONE APPS

Each SPOTTERON project is 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 logo and with sponsorlogo placements. Through the professional SPOTTERON design, your app is optimized for performance and high usability with a custom look and feel.

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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 of each project.

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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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REGULAR UPDATES

In the everchanging area of mobile devices it is essential to keep your websites and smartphone application always up to date. This need for a permanent development process of own apps makes it very difficult for projects to keep their app running over longer time - not so with SPOTTERON. Thanks to the streamlined modular development concept, we deliver regular updates to all of the Citizen Science apps and interactive maps for stability, performance and new features - in SPOTTERON, your project stays always up to date.

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INTERACTIVE MAPS

Each SPOTTERON project can be integrated in any website via iFrame HTML code, making the map and its spots available in every browser. These maps allow users without smartphones to add spots to the database and discover the entries of other users. In extend, logged in users can access an administration interface for their own spots and make corrections.

The map integration, like the smartphone apps, is utilizing OpenStreetMap, benefiting from its high level of detail. Alternative map services like Google Maps, etc. can also be integrated if desired.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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DATA HANDLING

Your project data is always available for you.  Every entry is saved into the SPOTTERON database and backups are made automatically on a daily basis. You can download your data anytime as *.CSV file for import in LibreOffice, Microsoft Excel or any database software. In addition we can provide custom APIs for your project, which enables a realtime data exchange with other webservices.

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HASHTAGS

Hashtags are a widely used format for a free classification of content in apps and pages. Hashtag entities are posted by using the # symbol, followed by a text entry, which describes the contents and attributes of a spot. You can find hashtags on almost every social media plattform like facebook, tumblr and twitter and in smartphone apps like instagram - and also in SPOTTERON.