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:
- Number Field with Input and +/- Buttons
- Text Buttons
- Icon based Image Buttons
- Picture based Image Buttons
- Single Select Lists with Info Buttons
- Multi Select Lists
- Picture Field with Camera and Fileupload
- Description Text Area
- Link Input Fields
- and 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.
Custom Observation Dialogs in four SPOTTERON Citizen Science Apps