A NEW FEATURE FOR RELIABLE DATA MANAGEMENT IN CITIZEN SCIENCE APPS: CHECK & LOCK
Data quality and data management are essential aspects of Citizen Science. To always have a validated and stable data-set of user's contributions that can be managed directly in your Citizen Science App's administration interface present, we have created "Check & Lock".
Before the Corona-Virus Pandemic, we developed a new feature for all projects on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science Platform that enables the administrators to set submissions in the Citizen Science App as validated data with just a click. When done so, a data point displays a green checkmark in the App on various views, from the list of Citizen Science observations to the detail view and the marker on the map. The green checkmark becomes a reward, a symbol of good data quality in the Citizen Science App for both users and visitors of the project. But most importantly, after setting a spot to "checked", the user in the App is not able to edit the data anymore. To contribute validated and correct data is also crucial for the users participating in your project.
As instant feedback and visual reward, all checked & locked spots in the Citizen Science App will display a new spot bubble marker, so it is visible which data is already validated. Also, the list view shows this new checkmark bubble for the checked spot. If a user opens up the observation, the details take over the validated spot, and the user can see that it is approved. The edit icon appears grey, and the lock symbol shows up instead.
This visual feedback is essential for users who are contributing data. A Citizen Scientist in your project should not be wondering why an observation can not be edited anymore - the Citizen Science App must always give distinct and easy to comprehend feedback to the users in the graphic interface. We Citizen Scientists are glad if we can contribute valuable data and by showing it to us via a robust visual element like the green checkmark bubble, we are happy to have done so. The new feature Check & Lock is available for every project on the SPOTTERON Platform and it is already included in new Citizen Science Apps from the beginning.
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It is therefore with great pleasure to present you again this short but beautiful visualisation of our journey so far.
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