Features

All apps on SPOTTERON are customly tailored and sharing a polished and well-working basis, which has been proven to work in many live Citizen Science projects and initiatives. Every app on SPOTTERON can use all existing features of the Citizen Science platform without any additional development costs. This "Feature Ecosystem" consists already of the 4 core feature packs "Community Pack", "Data Quality Pack", "User Motivation Pack" and the "Offline Mode". In collaboration with the science teams and universities, we develop constantly new features and provide them again for free to every running project - because working together matters.

SPOTTERON Citizen Science Key Features

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Citizen Science 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 continuously maintain and update software like Citizen Science apps for smartphones or content management systems for websites. At SPOTTERON, all packages include full support during the whole runtime to guarantee stability and compatibility 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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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

  • There are new Citizen Science projects listed in the Citizen Science app overview: CoronaReport for a better understanding of the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, ArtSpots for all of you who love art, photography and architecture, and a new regional phenology project called Nature's Calendar Burgenland. Check them out and download a Citizen Science app today!

    Sunday, 05 April 2020
  • Hashtags are an excellent tool to find and verify information on social media platforms quickly. Read, how you can use hashtags to foster engagement with users for your next or ongoing Citizen Science project on the blog.

    Monday, 17 February 2020