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

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 of each project.

The core element in all GEO based Citizen Science apps are the observations by the users, which are displayed as spots with markers and thumbnail images in the maps of the project. 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 can be added to the interface according to your project needs with a wide array of input fields.

Spots & Stacks

All observation spots by the Citizen Scientists 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 smoothly into the app. For performance, memory use and clean display, groups of spots are combined to stacks automatically, so the users device is not slowed down by large amounts of data to load at the start and the map doesn't get cluttered.

Add Spot Dialog

The core element of each app is the add-observation dialog, which can be completly customized with a set of different button and input field types and headlines for guidance. Everything in the add-observation dialog can be hierarchically structured, so new options are revealed after selecting a specific answer and the users can be guided through the questionaire in a tree like structure. Every input section 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..

Every field supports custom headlines and description texts, which can be adapted to the target group or mood of your project.

Furthermore, after taking a photograph or adding a submission, an image editor opens up in which the picture can be rotated and which also supports custom "stickers", which can be dragged, scaled and rotated and then rendered directly into the picture. These stickers can add information to the user-taken picture like measurement scales, direction pointers, symbols or other but can also be used as an entertainment element.

CitizenScienceApps Spotteron - Add Spot Views

Custom Observation Dialogs in four SPOTTERON Citizen Science Apps