A service to create integrative citizen science apps where you could report: all your environmental and biodiversity observations in one single Android or iOS app.
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The service MOBIS (Mobile Observation Integration Service) will offer a nice user-friendly interface to get valuable data from smartphone sensors and images. For example: you can take air-pollution measurements 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 share 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 and makes direct interaction possible. The platform aims to combine sensor and user data (with great and legal respect to privacy), 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, and then the final users can use it 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. In that case, you can develop an app for your app users to report data on this and then analyze it outside the app.
Not exactly. The storage has only one purpose: work offline. You can go out in the wild with MOBIS and capture all kinds of data (air, water, images of plants). Once home, you can synchronize the data with the respective services.
You will be able to create a friendly app to collect and combine all kinds of environmental sensor measurements and biodiversity photos.
Citizen scientists will have a single place to perform all citizen science activities instead of using five different apps, meaning that a person can log in once and access a menu to report the environmental or biodiversity data they want. For example, a user will be able to register a photo of a lichen, measure the air quality, and activate the mobile GPS. Also, there is an added value regarding the security/privacy data when using Authenix.
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 ‘Miro’ tool very easy to use.