What if Citizen Science gets social | SPOTTERON TWO brings a social network to mobile Citizen Science Apps
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SPOTTERON MILESTONE RELEASE CITIZEN SCIENCE GETS SOCIAL WITH SPOTTERON TWO
We now provide a full feature community included in all Citizen Science projects running on the SPOTTERON platform. The new milestone version makes Citizen Science not fully mobile but also immersive. Imagine the potential of social interaction built directly into your science project - that's what SPOTTERON TWO is all about..
LET'S BE A CITIZEN SCIENCE COMMUNITY!
Social interaction is an important part of our daily lives. If we want to create a bigger impact with Citizen Science, project tools must not only be running on mobile devices, but also offer a high level of interaction. Following the best principles of modern social media apps, we created an interchained set of extensions during the last month, which together form the new SPOTTERON TWO Community Package.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN SPOTTERON TWO?
By having more projects joining up on the SPOTTERON platform, we were able to build a unique and feature-rich environment for both Citizen Scientists and Scientists.
The new core features of the upcoming community package are:
Comments You can now comment on spots and updates. Below every spot, there are now tabs with a comments section and the update grid.
Liking You can now like spots (by giving a heart) and also comments including counters and user notifications.
Following You can now follow each other to display their ongoing activity in the newsfeed panel.
User Search You can now search for other users and add them to their network by following or unfollowing them.
Newsfeed In this panel, all activity comes together and you can see whats new in their network and it also integrates your direct messages.
Notifications All community based actions are combined with a notification system on the smartphones, which keeps you informed about new activities.
SPOTTERON is all about collaboration between projects. The Community Package was built with the help of the following partners:
As Citizen Scientists ourselves, this is a huge step forward to create a Citizen Science platform, which is not only about collecting data with the help of Citizen Scientists, but also to immerse users in the science project and to create a real social experience in Citizen Science. As stated in the definitions by various steering organizations, Citizen Science should always give something back to the Citizen Scientists. And, along with the already existing Direct Message feature, we are now providing the tools for that. Citizen Science should always be a personal experience, keep the participants in the spotlight.
Since SPOTTERON is built by Citizen Scientists for Citizen Science, we are happy to bring a new level of communication and interaction to all projects, running their custom smartphone apps on the platform. With SPOTTERON TWO, we are making a big step in the direction of making Citizen Science more about communication and education.
Our world changes rapidly. From climate change to the loss of natural habitats, all areas are impacted by a shift in the ecological and also social fabric of this planet. It is our opinion, or better, hope, that Citizen Science can play a strong role in creating awareness for our endangered environment and science itself. To get closer to such a goal, Citizen Science needs to be an interactive experience and needs to have features, that are able to connect and immerse. By providing a base of communication for both Scientists and Citizens, we can bring them closer together and spark the exchange of ideas.
All apps running on SPOTTERON have a strong focus on design and usability to create an interface, which is not only fast and easy to use but also provides a high quality look & feel. Design is a very important part of Citizen Science, especially when users should get involved over long term. Functionalities build on each other and form the user experience as a whole.
The SPOTTERON TWO extensions make no difference here, all features are seamlessly integrated in the custom Smartphone Apps of the given project, without losing focus on the project's topic.
Spot detail view version 2 with likes and comment counters
User Newsfeed with activity and direct messages
Comment section tab with likes and comment form
User search with follow / unfollow buttons and user infos
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