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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

Shortnews

  • Take a look at our updated Citizen Science app page, where you can find active international and national projects, running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform. Join volunteer monitoring and interactive research projects by just clicking on the app store buttons or interactive map link.

    Friday, 07 December 2018
  • The new SPOTTERON platform version 2.5.0 has been released. Highlights are the new offline map mode and badges to earn & collect in all Citizen Science apps on the platform. Read more about the new features in our Citizen Science Blog!

    Wednesday, 07 November 2018