Introducing a new Citizen Science Package - Get SPOTTERON Light without setup fees!
A NEW CITIZEN SCIENCE TOOL IS AVAILABLE SPOTTERON LIGHT PACKAGE
Not every citizen science project has the need for own custom smartphone apps. Starting with April 2018, we offer a light-weight SPOTTERON package for Citizen Science projects, which provides an innovative web tool for desktop browsers..
FULL FEATURE INTERACTIVE MAPS
As already a part of the common SPOTTERON packages A and B, the interactive map offers the same functionality as the smartphone apps, but in the desktop environment. From submitting own observations to the innovative SPOTTERON community features - the interactive map includes almost every tool and extension which the apps also already offer. The maps can be easily embedded in every project homepage and offer a seemless project experience for the Citizen Scientists.
The main difference are the monthly costs: We can offer the new package L at a much smaller price-tag, since the whole work-package of constantly maintaining smartphone applications for Android and iOS can be dropped.
Package L Interactive browser map
Our light-weight package! For web based projects we provide the full feature interactive map for browser, which can also be embedded in any project website, including support and updates.
+ € 1.380 one-time project setup
all inclusive hosting of the web application, updates and design; minimum runtime: 6 month
Ideal for smaller Citizen Science projects, the SPOTTERON package L enables to run your own community science on a high quality basis with many innovative features for researchers and Citizen Scientists alike. For sure, all interactive map projects are also constantly supported by our team and receive all SPOTTERON updates and upcoming extensions of the digital ecosystem of the platform.
You can find real-life examples of the interactive map "in action" here:
Topic: Phenology Citizen Science | Climate Research Partner: ZAMG, Austria
Topic: Hydrology Citizen Science Partner: University Zurich, Switzerland
Topic: Ecology | Road Safety Partner: University for Life Sciences, Austria
To celebrate the official launch of the new SPOTTERON Package L for Citizen Science, we want to offer this web-based toolkit with all features of the SPOTTERON platform without the regular setup fee to the first 2 projects! Interested? Let's get in contact!
A question often asked is why the SPOTTERON smartphone apps are available as time-based calculations. Basically, all interactive online tools with user involvement need constant maintenance work for stability, security and compatibility - at SPOTTERON we take care of that during the whole runtime of a project, so you can run your tools hassle-free even over years.
The 4 main reasons are:
We always keep your smartphone apps updated.
We provide constant stability & safety.
Every project on the SPOTTERON platform receives regular updates with improvements, patches and even new advanced features and extensions of the platform.
The life cycle of smartphones and their operating systems is very short and changes need to be made to all apps constantly for stability and security reasons.
It ensures low costs by distributing efforts
We automatically take care of new standards
By being able to provide regular patches because of our subscription model means one app do not have to pay for already existing features on the platform.
Technical, design or law standards can change during the runtime of a project. We take automatically care of those changes without additional fees.
On average, we provide around one update per month for all Citizen Science apps running on the SPOTTERON platform. Minor updates (displayed in gray) include improvements and bugfixes for the apps, while major updates (in color) also bring new features to all apps. Milestone releases (1.0 and 2.0) are major steps in the development and mark new main versions of SPOTTERON.
A NEW ROUTINE: AFTER THE OFFICIAL RUNTIME
Based on your feedback, we have established a routine called the “extended runtime” to be able to keep your project alive even after the official runtime is over. Now, after the regular subscription period ends, we automatically provide a 2 month free cooldown period in which all 4 parts of a project - Android app, IOS app, interactive map and administration interface - still continue to run normally.
After the cooldown period, we can to keep the interactive map application, in which all project users are able participate and submit data, and your administration interface access online for a small yearly fee of € 540,- for unlimited data hosting and map support, which is just half of the price of the official SPOTTERON Package L for a full feature interactive map based project.
You can also renew the smartphone app package at anytime to switch back to full smartphone support without any additional costs.
Interested in modern Citizen Science Apps?
GET SPOTTERON FOR YOUR OWN CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT
SPOTTERON is designed by Citizen Scientists for Citizen Science for new and existing projects. We provide a stable and reliable solution for your custom science observatory smartphone apps and interactive maps with innovative features, regular updates and continuous support..
Since the last newsletter, new Citizen Science projects have started on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform:
phenology Nature's Calender
Naturkalender is the Austrian phenology app for interested Citizen Scientists who want to contribute to phenology and climate research by keeping a watch on their surroundings. Through Community Science observations like plants beginning to blossom, having fruits, starting to throw off leaves or when animals are active, they support the Austrian Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics´ data collection.
Scope: continent Country: Austria, EU Partner: ZAMG Austria
transportation science GEFABE
The Top Citizen Science Projekt „Gemeinsam fahren wir besser“ (approx: We drive better together) of the Center for Human Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg aims to collect data on driver assistance systems in collaboration with Austrian drivers via the community science app GeFaBe. The goal is to highlight shortcomings and security holes but also good practice in driver assistance systems.