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Project Ecosystem

Projects share all features collaboratively and build on the work already accomplished.
Citizen Science and public engagement initiatives flourish when working together. To foster collaboration and make possible what no single project can achieve on its own, we have created a thriving ecosystem of projects that support each other in feature development, technology sharing, and partnerships. At its core, the SPOTTERON Feature Ecosystem allows every project on the platform to use all existing features without extra development costs right from the start and benefit from what has already been created in collaboration with other running projects.

Fostering Collaboration between Citizen Science projects

Each project's team has access to the SPOTTERON Partner Forum, in which the platform's development progress and announcements have their home and the option to exchange with other projects. Furthermore, we run a Discord channel with a distinct user role for project partners for an instant way to get in contact. But collaboration on SPOTTERON runs deeper. To lessen the time efforts for single projects, we have established a shared environment for all projects, which allows the utilization of all features and tools developed on the platform in a single project. From a user's perspective, participating in more than one project on SPOTTERON is also easy. A user account works in all the Apps and toolkits on the platform. We see cross-project participation of especially power-users across the board, strengthening a broader science involvement and promotional synergies for universities, stakeholders, or institutions when running more than one project on the platform.

Project Ecosystem Features

Cross-project participation

Cross-project participation

Users can log in with one user account in all project Apps, creating synergies for promotion and allowing multi-App participation.

Configurability and adaptation

Configurability and adaptation

We design all new features configurable and flexible for the various practical cases to increase the re-use value and cross-project adaptation.

Platform feature sharing

Platform feature sharing

Features funded by one project are available for all other projects on the platform without adding development costs.

Project collaboration

Project collaboration

On SPOTTERON, we actively support collaboration between the projects on the platform and exchanging ideas and experiences.

All Features included already at the launch of a Citizen Science App

Modern Applications with user participation at their core come with a wide range of needs. To make it possible for a Citizen Science App to run a broader range of user-oriented and project-specific features, we have created the SPOTTERON Project Ecosystem to enable the collaboration between projects beyond data exchange. On the platform, funded and developed features are shared among every project for free use, making it possible to utilize many modern functionalities from the start and build on the already finished work of each other.

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How new features come to your App

For every running App on the SPOTTERON Platform, we regularly publish App Updates that improve app performance and compatibility and include newly developed features for both project teams and users. Frequent App Updates also help with the dissemination. By continuously extending the scope of a project, users of the App find a dynamic and living environment that increases motivation and appeal for participation.

 

Shortnews

  • Thanks to the new "Community Data Validation' feature on the SPOTTERON Platform, the ClimateWatch Project set up a "Virtual Data Validation Blitz" with volunteers that ran from June 14th to June 17th focusing on Fauna and Flora species. Read more about the results in our Citizen Science Blog!

    Monday, 08 August 2022
  • In the new PatioSpots App on the SPOTTERON Platform, users can enter, find & rate WC facilities, as well as treatment, counseling, and essential contact points in their surrounding area. PATIO stands for "Patient Involvement in Oncology" and is a project of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Applied Diagnostics, which deals with citizen involvement after the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Read more in our Citizen Science Blog

    Monday, 08 August 2022