Citizen Science App 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.

 

Overview of the Citizen Science App Concepts on SPOTTERON

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Citizen Science apps

All Citizen Science projects on the SPOTTERON platform are released as individual and custom-tailored applications for Android smartphones and Apple's iPhones. The core element of every Citizen Science app is a project-specific dialogue for contributing data, which we help design for high usability. The apps are visually unique by colour scheme and the logos of your project and your partners.

Every Citizen Science app comes with a wide range of advanced features and integrated tools from the start, which are included for new projects without any extra development costs. By building on many years of constant development, all apps are optimized for performance, reliability and high usability. To guarantee a hassle-free run-time of your project, we keep all apps updated and provide ongoing support - because of service matters.

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Spots & observations

Citizen Scientists can put up observations quickly in the SPOTTERON Citizen Science apps. Designed as outdoor tools, we optimise all apps for easy use. The "Add Spot" dialogue in the apps can be accessed with just a touch and features a flexible set of input methods and data fields for your project.

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Interactive maps

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

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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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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 and updates during the whole runtime.

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Project homepages

The SPOTTERON Package B includes a professional project website based on a Content Management System (CMS). Launched alongside with your Citizen Science app, Package B offers a complete solution. By utilizing our optimized framework for the project's site, we provide a modern and appealing homepage for your project, both on desktop and mobile devices.

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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 to the reliability of the technical solutions and we apply also advanced ethical standards to further increase the privacy level of the users in your Citizen Science app.

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Push messages

Besides the communication and interaction functionalities, the SPOTTERON Community Pack also features a direct messaging tool for all Citizen Science projects. You can send short messages with push notifications directly to the smartphones of the Citizen Scientists in your app, to inform them directly about project updates, outcomes or other news.

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Data management

On SPOTTERON, your Citizen Science project data is always available for you. Every project has access to the data administration interface, which allows easy management of the data and real-time export. We offer high-quality data security 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, print & media

If you do not have a professional project logo do not worry: for each Citizen Science project on the platform, we create a project logo and typography if needed. Since the first impression for new users matter, we provide all the necessary visual assets for the app store with quality in mind and design additional media to support the app's dissemination online and with the press.

Shortnews

  • Zwei neue Citizen Science Apps sind auf SPOTTERON hinzugekommen. Mit "Spot-a-Bee" beobachten wir Bienen und wollen erforschen, welche Blütenpflanzen sie bevorzugen und mit der Ornithologie-App "KraMobil" dreht sich alles um Krähen und die Verhaltensforschung.

    Friday, 22 May 2020
  • Two more Citizen Science Apps have been added to the SPOTTERON Citizen Science App section! With Spot-a-Bee you can observe bee species to understand better, which flowers the favour, and with KraMobil, you can observe crows for ornithology and behavioural science. Enjoy!

    Friday, 22 May 2020