Spots & observations

Citizen Scientists can submit observations at GEO coordinates with pictures, descriptions and a custom set of data fields.

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.

Spots & Stacks

The apps display the observations by the Citizen Scientist as "spots" with markers and thumbnail images in the maps of the project. These spots are the main level of data in every Citizen Science app on the platform. Besides the GEO-coordinates, each Spot has a title and an optional description. Users can add a photo of their sighting by camera or file browser. Additional custom information is added to the interface according to your project needs with a wide array of input fields.

All observation spots are displayed dynamically in the project maps in the Citizen Science App and the interactive map application for websites. While zooming and panning, the Spots are streamed and visualized dynamically in the app. For improved performance, memory use and clean display, the groups of spots are combined to stacks automatically, so the user's device is not slowed down by large amounts of data the map doesn't get cluttered.

Add Spot Dialog

The core element of each app is the dialogue panel for adding new observations in the Citizen Science project, which allows complete customization with a set of different buttons, input field types and headlines for a clear visual structure and guidance. Everything in this custom-built dialogue can be hierarchically triggered, so new options are revealed after selecting a specific answer, and the users can be guided through the questionnaire in a tree-like structure. Every input field can be set to mandatory or optional.

List of data input field types:

  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: TextfieldTextfield
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: NumberfieldNumber Field with Input and +/- Buttons
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Text ButtonText Buttons
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Icon ButtonIcon based Image Buttons
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Image ButtonPicture based Image Buttons
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Single Select ListSingle Select Lists with Info Buttons
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Multiselect ListsMulti-Select Lists
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: TabsTabs
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Camera BoxPicture Field with Camera and Fileupload
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: DescriptionDescription Text Area
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: Link FieldLink Input Fields
  • SPOTTERON Citizen Science Datafields: moreand more...

During the design and development phase of your Citizen Science app, we create all icons, buttons, and other elements custom-tailored for your project in coherence with your target group and mood of your project. Our over 15+ years of experience in user interface design and graphic design is at your disposal for providing the best quality and easy-to-use Citizen Science apps for your team and the Citizen Scientists participating.

CitizenScienceApps Spotteron - Add Spot Views

Custom Observation Dialogs in four SPOTTERON Citizen Science Apps


  • 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