We are passionate about delivering enterprise and mobile apps that engage people to capture data about the world around them, to become ‘citizen scientists’ - so we saw this as a great opportunity to use our extensive experience in developing a solution and contribute to achieving an inspired, motivated and scientifically engaged community.
So where did we start? Well apart from reaching out to our existing contacts we also undertook a social media campaign basically asking for anyone who would be interested in joining with us to discuss the possibility of developing a platform that can help organisations, researches, interest/community groups, students and non-profit organisations to launch a Citizen Science program using a mobile app with minimum cost and effort.
We were blown away by the response our campaign received –over the next 2 and ½ months which included the Christmas/New year period we organized 3 workshops to collaborate and finalize the final solution. A final submission was developed with Spatial Vision as the submission lead and lodged last Friday 17th Feb. The final solution is to build a platform which will allow the users to create and launch a simple field reporting mobile app for species via simple configuration without the need to write computer code. A high level conceptual mind map of our approach is shown in the diagram below.
There are also a number of groups that have developed their own submissions for funding and included Spatial Vision as a project partner.
More details about our Citizen Science capability can be found at http://spatialvision.com.au/citizenscience.
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