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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.