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Anyone with a passion for nature, photography, and the protection of our planet can be a naturalist. The NatureSpots App enables nature lovers, biodiversity enthusiast, nature conservation activists and everyone else interested in wildlife and natural habitats to share animal, plant or fungi observations and habitat discoveries on their adventures.
Once you start you won't be able to stop - suddenly you'll know more plants, mushrooms and animals than ever before. You'll explore new habitats with your smartphone and reveal secret worlds. You'll make discoveries and get to know your surroundings better. The NatureSpots App is your companion on travels, walks, hikes, and your diary about your nature sightings.
ArtSpots is a community-built art atlas. Through the app people who are interested in various art forms like Street Art, historic or contemporary art, photography, architecture and more can put their art observations on the map and discover art spots in their own city or while travelling.
Do you love discovering art? With the ArtSpots app, you can share your art discoveries and own artworks with a community full of art lovers - and put your discoveries on the map. Download, register and start spotting - it is as simple as that.
By sharing your findings with others in the ArtSpots app, you help people in your city to explore local creativity or revisit art exhibitions, street art places and graffiti hotspots. You can post a wide range of art forms, from streetart and graffiti to design, from historic artworks to contemporary art or even architecture. You can share also your own creative works and even art hotspots on the map, like museums or the contemporary gallery around the corner.
Each art spot is visible for all users of the app, and you can connect with the local artists and the art community. By working together, art enthusiast from all fields can join collectively and create an extensive collection together. It is even possible to upload timelines of locations to document the development or cover new exhibitions in an art gallery.
ArtSpots, like its successor project "Street Art", is running on the SPOTTERON Citizen Science platform - it will always be free and non-commercial. We respect your digital identity, and we do not monetize your data - because of your online privacy matters. Find out more at www.artspots.net
At the Spot-a-Bee Citizen Science project, the researchers of Cardiff University and the University of Glasgow, UK want to find out what plants, trees and shrubs are important for bees in city and town parks and gardens. People can help survey bee-friendly plants towns, cities and villages! If you spot a bee, use your mobile to take a picture of the plants they’re buzzing around and upload the spot in the Citizen Science app.
The Spot-A-Bee app allows you to observe and document any flowers, shrubs, climbers or trees and the bees on them. Additionally, it contains useful information on those plants and the most common bee species in the UK.
As a bonus, the researches behind Spot-A-Bee also want to understand how planting in urban spaces might affect the production of urban honey.
"Naturkalender" (Nature's Calendar) is the Austrian phenology app for interested Citizen Scientists who want to support phenology and climate protection by observing their surroundings. The focus lies in the development of certain so-called phenological indicator plants. Through community science observations of plants that start to bloom, bear fruit, or shed their leaves, or animal activities, they support the data collection of the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) and the European Phenology Database.
These observations have been recorded at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) since 1851. Since then, voluntary so-called Citizen Scientists have been supporting them all over Austria by observing nature for us. With the Nature's Calender Citizen Science app, phenology has finally arrived in the 21st century. Here you can easily record your own nature observations on the map with your smartphone all year long, be active in the nature calendar community and, at the same time, learn a lot about nature. Due to the easy handling of the app, people from all age groups can be found in the community, and a lively exchange of interesting information takes place. And best of all: with your entries, you can help scientist to better understand climate change and find solutions for the challanges it brings.
CoronaReport is a citizen science project for documenting the influence of COVID-19 on our lives. Citizens can use the CoronaReport app to share their stories and to better understand how the crisis is changing lives all around the world and provide records about their daily occurrences. These data are helping scientists understand how the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the way people live and work.
With the app, participants can create reports on how the corona crisis is affecting them personally, their homes, workplaces and their daily activities. They can then update their stories at any time and create a live journal of their experiences.
The main focus is on how citizens feel and in what kind of mood they are during the crisis. They then may continue with a report on themselves, a place, or an activity, describe how they and their surroundings adapt to the corona crisis, or if people are keeping social distance, and many more.
The contributions will then be processed by the leading scientists of the project and will be an enormous help in finding solutions for dealing with the crisis on a social level.
Do you like spiders? In the SpiderSpotter Citizen Science app, you can share your observations of spiders and their webs to help the research about their adaptation to the environment and contribute to biodiversity monitoring. The app features a range of spider species with and it has an active community of spider enthusiasts and arachnologists. If you love spiders (or at least appreciate them) join this Citizen Science project!
The increasingly hot summers of recent years are problematic, not just for us humans - especially in the cities. The concrete and the buildings heat up during the day, and radiate the heat back during the night, causing challenges for all living beings. Of course, spiders are also looking for new ways and means to adapt to these new conditions. With the SpiderSpotter app, scientists are trying to figure out how these changes are going to happen.
Lighter cars heat up less than dark ones - that's a well-known fact. However, this also applies to spiders! Scientists, therefore, expect spiders to adapt to the city's hotter temperatures by becoming brighter over time to prevent overheating.
By studying spiders, their colours, and webs, scientists get not only valuable information on how animals adapt to climate change but also how fast climate change is progressing. Also, with a little bit of luck, they may provide us with some answers on how to cool our cities in the future better.
Coastal areas are in constant evolution, climate change will impact where and how humans live. In times of the imminent climate crisis, the coastline will change dramatically, and extreme weather phenomena are already starting to be part of our daily life.
The Coastal Observer Citizen Science project explores these effects and their impact on the environment and our mood. The Coastal Observer App encourages citizens to become active in monitoring weather and water locally, and will help researchers build a pathway for a sustainable future. By contributing observations about floods, tides storms and water quality, you can help the University of Delaware, US, with their research.
With the "LitterBug" app by independent Austrian environmental organization GLOBAL 2000, you can sharpen your awareness for the trash left in nature and help cleaning it up. The aim is to support a sustainable clean environment everywhere.
The GLOBAL 2000 DreckSpotz App should not only make our nature a little cleaner, but also ensure that it stays that way in the long term. With the app, people from all over Austria and beyond can help to collect data in order to develop long-term solutions for the waste problem.
CoastSnap is a global citizen science project to capture our changing coastlines. No matter where you are in the world, if you have a smartphone and an interest in the coast, we welcome you to participate! CoastSnap relies on repeat photos at the same location to track how the coast is changing over time due to processes such as storms, rising sea levels, human activities and other factors.
Using a specialised technique known as photogrammetry, CoastSnap turns your photos into valuable coastal data that is used by coastal scientists to understand and forecast how coastlines might change in the coming decades. Photogrammetry enables the position of the coastline to be pinpointed from your snaps to an accuracy similar to that of professional coastal survey teams. All we ask is that you take the photos at the same location (by using one of our official CoastSnap camera cradles or a do-it-yourself adaptation) and record the precise photo time in the App. The more photos we have of a particular site, the better our understanding becomes of how that coastline is changing over time.
In the Tea Bag Index Citizen Science App, everything is about soil. Various observation categories are ready to participate in, from easy soil classification and testing to the well-known method of burying and weighting teabags to measure the decay rate of plants. Citizen Scientists are welcome to participate worldwide and contribute to improving climate models and soil research.
The Tea Bag Index (TBI) collects data on soil observations and in particular on the dynamics of soil decomposition. The degradation of organic matter in the soil is part of the global carbon cycle, which provides information about the biological activity of the soil and is therefore important for climate change. Changes in carbon content in soil can both exacerbate and mitigate climate change.
Pilzfinder is the web-app of the mycology research society of the University of Vienna. In the browser-based project, you can contribute mushroom observations from all across Europe and get feedback from the expert of the Austrian Mycology Society. By joining this Citizen Science project, you can help with the science behind fungi and learn more about the fascinating world of mushrooms.
Street lamps, light signs and illuminated buildings - light at night means security and nicer cities, but has also been shown to have negative effects on people and animals. The more artificial lights, the fewer stars you can see in the night sky.
The "Stjärnförsöket" (the Star Spotting Experiment) project collects contributions about light pollution in Sweden and in partner countries. By pointing a cardboard tube in all cardinal directions, Citizen Scientists record how many stars they see at their current location. By these values, light pollution can be calculated directly in the Citizen Science app. How many stars can you see where you live? Wtih this app you can help scientists measure light pollution by counting stars in the sky!
The project is part of the "Forskar Fredag 2019" initiative, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program.
With the CrowdWater Citizen Science app, you can observe rivers and collect hydrological data, including water level, streamflow and soil moisture data, as well as data about the dynamics of temporary streams, plastic pollution and general stream type data.
The project does not only look at the possibilities of collecting data but also at the value of this data for hydrological forecasts. The goal is to develop a cheap and easy data collection method that can be used to predict floods and low flow or droughts. The long-term aim of the project is to complement existing gauging station networks, especially in regions with a sparse measurement network, such as in developing countries.
In the Roadkill Citizen Science Project from the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Citizen Scientists and researchers collect data about roadkill on streets all around the world. If there`s a high number of roadkill in one spot or a particular species gets killed in the same place a lot, that can help scientists understand how the animals came to die and find solutions for it.
Habitat fragmentation by roads has a severe impact on many animal species, particularly for those with high mobility or seasonal migration behaviour, such as mammals or amphibians. As a consequence, roadkill is one of the main reasons for the decrease of populations of several animal groups.
Your data allows the scientist to identify roadkill hotspot, so they can mitigate those hotspots in cooperation with local authorities.
Our Outdoors is a citizen science project which aims to find out more about what you and others experience when you are in public spaces such as parks, beaches, canals, and town squares. It was developed by researchers in the Scottish Collaboration of Public Health Research and Practice (SCPHRP) at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Sustrans, the MRC and citizens like yourself.
By taking part in the research you will contribute will contribute to a national database, which will be used to rate and improve outdoor spaces across the country. he data can be used to create maps, reports and research for citizens, researchers and policy makers alike, to better understand how shared public spaces contribute to the health of communities and which need improving.
We, humans, are capable of dramatically altering the landscape. Cities are a familiar and extreme example of this change. Intriguingly, some animals can adapt to these changing environments by flexibly changing their behaviour. The project focuses on five bird species that have done so successfully: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australian Brush-turkey, Australian White Ibis, Little Corella, and Long-billed Corella. Additional species can be reported by selecting “other.”
The five focal species have all been observed adapting to human-modified areas , and are increasing their population in urban areas. Occasionally they are considered a nuisance, yet they are all Australian native birds that are doing their best to survive in human-altered landscapes. The data collected will help scientists understand these species’ behaviour, movement, reproduction, distribution, and habitat use in suburban areas. We aim to use this information to help understand the behavioural traits that have allowed some species to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of city living.
Cane toads are relentless invaders. They were transported to sugar cane growing regions of the world from South America early last century, including Australia, in the hope, they would eradicate beetles devastating sugar cane crops. The experiment failed spectacularly. Toads ignored beetles, and instead embarked on an epic global invasion. With this App, you can reduce their population to protect local flora and fauna.
The purpose of the Cane Toad Challenge app is to support citizen science, to inspire the public, media, scientists, authorities and decision-makers, to catalyse awareness and gather data, to inform the development and implementation of more effective cane toad control policies and practices.
With the Green Growth Forest app, everyone can contribute to keeping Suriname the greenest country on earth.
Suriname is a small country in South America, an impressive 93 per cent of it is covered in dense forests. One could say it‘s one of the greenest countries on the planet. It's forest contributes to the world’s climate change as one of two carbon negative countries globally, and it harbours the world’s fourth-largest amount of freshwater resources.
To keep it that way, the Green Growth Suriname Foundation invites citizens to keep watch on the forests and the tree logging there, and contribute to complement existing national data on forest conservation.
Data gathered by citizens in the app can help scientists understand the drivers of tree logging and find solutions for it.
With "Crows in the zoo" you can observe the species and subspecies of crows and how they interact with the animals at the Vienna Zoo. Observe and find out how clever these birds are and how quickly they learn!
The aim is to actively involve zoo visitors and citizen scientists in the research activities of the University of Vienna (Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology together with the Konrad Lorenz Research Center) to monitor different crow species and individual crows’ behaviour in the zoo. These observations shall allow scientists to understand better the ecological factors determining their group dynamics.
The observations will also provide insights on the influence of ecological factors (e.g. food availability or presence of zoo animals) on their social behaviour.
While a particular focus lies to the area of the Zoo Vienna, observations from elsewhere in and around Vienna are welcome.
With your help, we would like to map architectural, cultural and natural monuments all over Baden-Württemberg. Together we will use this app to find out what there is to see in Baden-Württemberg! We are interested in your discoveries and favourite places, no matter in which corner of our state. Because who knows them better than you?
The BRUSHTURKEYS app is all about Australian Brushturkeys extending their natural habitat, which usually includes rainforests and woodlands, to suburban areas.
Once a rare species due to overhunting, the Australian Brush-turkey is now commonly found in urban areas on Australia’s east coast. They are large birds with a wingspan of about 85 cm, black feathers and a red head. The males build huge nest mounds on the ground out of leaves, twigs, and other compostable material, which are then visited by local females, for mating and egg-laying.
With the app, you can gather sightings on the Australian Brush-turkey and observe their behaviour. Your observations help to understand better how these birds adapt to their surroundings.
The connections between water and geological underground are diverse and often complicated. With the SIBRA App, you can generate reliable data on these topics and help to a better understanding of these connections. That way, you can contribute to developing models and scenarios that allow for assessing possible effects of extreme weather events, such as rapid snowmelt, flooding or drought.
With the SIBRA app, a measuring instrument is now available that complements not only existing measuring methods in the field of hydrogeology and engineering geology and enormously expands the data situation, but also allows interested citizens to actively deal with processes such as geological mass movements and hydrogeology.
"Forschen im Almtal" is the app for a Citizen Science project of the University of Vienna in collaboration with the wildlife park in Grünau in Austria's Almtal. Visitors of the Wildlife park can become Citizen Scientists and observe three bird species (grey goose, raven and northern bald ibis) and help collect data on their behaviour in the Citizen Science App 'Forschen im Almtal'.
This project aims to monitor these three bird species, to find out when and where which animals can be found. Do they have preferences for specific places within the wildlife park, or do they prefer the company of fellow birds? The free-flying birds in the Cumberland Wildlife Park are individually marked (leg rings, wing markings), making recognizing individual birds easy for everybody!
WaldrApp is a Citizen Science project from the University of Vienna aiming to collect ecologic Information on the whereabouts of "Waldrapps" (English: northern bald ibis). Since these birds are an endangered species, the data collected through the app can help gain essential data for future settling projects. Feel free to join and contribute to this citizen observatory!
The northern bald ibis choose their feeding areas according to different characteristics: areas that are a long way away from roads, houses and trees and those with short vegetation are preferred. In addition, resource availability, as well as local loyalty and the formation of traditions play a role. With the help of interested citizens, this information should now be collected via the WaldrApp app.
This Citizen Science App was specially designed for children and young people! With it, you and your friends can observe your surroundings and evaluate possible positive places or dangers, and thus contribute to improving them.
Show the grown-ups how children see their environment: in which places do you feel comfortable and where do you feel unsafe? Where do you meet your friends? Which traffic light totally annoys you? Is there a bike path missing, and why is the sidewalk far too narrow? Rate public spaces with the app!
Soils for Science (S4S) is a citizen science initiative of The University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience. S4S aims to inform the public on the importance of antibiotic resistance in modern healthcare, and soil microbes as a source of next generation antibiotics. S4S provides the public with free sampling kits (visit soilsforscience.org.au) to collect soil samples rich in microbial biodiversity (bacteria and fungi). Pure microbes will be isolated by UQ researchers and used as a resource to search for new and improved antibiotics. High resolution images of the microbial communities found in each soil sample will be uploaded to the S4S website, where the public can find their own sample(s), to zoom in and view the marvellous and miniature world of microbes.
The antibiotics revolution that began early last century with the discovery of penicillin heralded a golden age in healthcare. With the emergence of modern antibiotics, for the first time in human history, infectious diseases were no longer a death sentence. In the decades that followed microbe-inspired antibiotics sparked a revolution in global science, healthcare and commerce, raising the quality of life, and life expectancy of millions (even billions) of people worldwide.
Sadly, in recent years the protection offered by modern antibiotics has waned and, with very few new antibiotics coming to market, and escalating levels of antibiotic resistance, the handful of vintage antibiotics that remain are struggling to provide the level of infection control that the public have come to expect. Antibiotic resistance and an inability to effectively manage infectious diseases have been identified as one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.
Fungal infection. Globally, over 300 million people are infected with a serious fungal infection, 25 million are at high risk of dying, 1.6-2.5 million die each year, and over 1 million are left blind. Illustrative of the threat, the highly infectious fungus Candida auris causes serious bloodstream infection, particularly in hospitals and nursing home patients, with only a 1 in 3 chance of survival. The first Australian patient with a Candida auris infection was reported in 2019.
Bacterial infection. In the US alone, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause 2 million infections and >23,000 deaths per year, at an estimated economic impact of USD55-70 billion, while deaths in Europe are estimated at 33,000, and globally at over 1 million per year. Deaths due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Australia are higher today than a decade ago.
There is an urgent need to discover new antibiotics.
SOILS FOR SCIENCE will provide the Australian public (home and landowners, schools, community, social and sporting groups and others) with educational material on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, and the important role played by microbes in the past, present and future discovery of antibiotics. S4S also provides a platform for public engagement in citizen science. Registered S4S APP users (Australia only) can submit an online request for a free soil sampling kit (visit soilsforscience.org.au), which include sample bags, a pre-labelled, pre-paid return postage pouch. All microbes isolated from S4S soil samples will be cryopreserved and registered with MICROBES AUSTRALIA, where they will be queued for taxonomic, genomic, chemical and antibiotic profiling. Promising leads will be prioritised for detailed investigation by University of Queensland researchers, to learn more about the microscopic life with Australian soils, and in doing so assist in the discovery of new antibiotics.
With the MAKENYA - Mammal Atlas Kenya App, you can discover and contribute to the fascinating world of Kenyan Mammals. Explore about 390 mammal species throughout Kenya and get involved in the first Kenyan Mammal Monitoring App. Share your photographs or observations with a community of animal lovers, researchers, scientists, and citizens to help understand the world of mammals.
Kenya is one of Africa's most important countries when it comes to biodiversity. Since mammal species occur everywhere, in the air, on land, in water, and underground, in and outside protected areas - anybody with a passion for nature can be a naturalist. Whether if you are on an expedition, or a nature photographer, or an animal lover. Every record of mammal species submitted to MAKENYA is useful data that can help understand the world of mammals and save species in the long run.