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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.