A service to create integrative citizen science apps where you can report all your environmental and biodiversity observations in one Android or iOS app.
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Description of the service:
The service MOBIS (Mobile Observation Integration Service) service will offer a nice, user-friendly interface to get valuable data from smartphone sensors and images. For example: you can take air-pollution readings using iSPEX (a smartphone add-on to ‘see’ aerosols in the sky’) and a ‘normal’ picture of lichens using the same app. This means that this innovative service will allow citizen scientists to customize their own project by collecting and combining all sorts of useful information from photographs or from low-cost sensors linked to a mobile website or a native app platform, depending on the needs/wishes of the scientific and citizen community.
Development & functioning :
Smartphones have powerful and advanced sensors. Apps can measure all sorts of light, movements and locations. They have a common codebase to interface with standardized backend services and consist of open-source technologies. The mobile platform connects the asynchronous mobile frontend to the scientific backend for direct interaction possible. The platform aims to combine sensor and user data (with great and legal respect forprivacy), doing the reduction on the phone where needed (or backend) and distributing datasets for immediate feedback to the user and further analysis by scientists.
Innovation for citizen observatories:
Questions & answers
An app user can’t. However, a developer can create a new app that includes several environmental sensors and biodiversity citizen science platforms, which end users can use to report data.
No, MOBIS is a service aimed for developers who are creating new apps.
No, but you can create an app to gather the data you are interested in. For example, suppose you’re a researcher interested in studying how pollution affects plant biodiversity. You can develop an app for your users to report data on this and then analyse it outside the app.
Not exactly. Data can only be stored for one purpose: to work offline. You can go out in the wild with MOBIS and capture all kinds of data (air, water, images of plants) and, once home, synchronize the data with the respective services.
You will be able to create a user-friendly app to collect and combine all sorts of environmental sensor readings and biodiversity photos.
Citizen scientists will have a single place to perform all citizen science activities instead of using five different apps. This means you can log in once and access a menu to report any environmental or biodiversity data you want. For example, users will be able to register a photo of a lichen, measure the air quality and activate the mobile GPS. Also, there is value added in terms of data security/privacy when using Authenix.
Access to MOBIS:
Most of the attendees who answered the post-event survey would recommend the co-design session to a friend.
All the attendees who answered the post-event survey found the ‘Miro’ tool very easy to use.