citizen science

Utilise the greatest untapped resources

  1. Educate

    Educate the wider community about imporant wildlife and environmental issues

  2. Collect

    Collect valuable data using mobile devices including text, photos, GPS coordinates and sound, all provided by citizen scientists

  3. Analyse

    Analyse the collected data to help make better informed decisions

  4. Plan

    Make better plans based on real information from a wider source

About Us

who we are

We are creative and innovative technology experts, passionate about delivering Enterprise and Mobile Apps that engage people to capture data about the world around them, to become ‘citizen scientists’.

Citizen Science

What we offer

Spatial Vision are experts in designing and creating user friendly citizen science mobile apps that

  • Work across Android and iOS, tablets and phones
  • Have simple, intuitive interfaces
  • Provide dynamic content management – avoiding the need to re-deploy to the app stores
  • Retain almost all functionality offline, ideal for an application designed for use in remote areas
  • Provide simple, effective report moderation capabilities
  • Provide App notifications and user feedback capabilities
  • Frog Census

  • Now in its 15th year, Melbourne Water’s Frog Census has released a free app to improve the way volunteers can contribute information to this citizen science project. The Frog Census app records frog calls, captures location information and sends the data to Melbourne Water for analysis. By making this process easier we hope to encourage more people to get out to their local waterway, lake or wetland and make a valuable contribution to science and conservation. This app provides information on the 16 frog species found in Melbourne, with distribution maps and audio of each distinctive call. There is also an interactive map to view and hear all the records submitted through the app.

    With the launch of the app, we're making it even easier for the community to be part of the important work we do monitoring Melbourne’s frog populations. Every record helps improve conservation efforts.

    Richard Akers - Waterwatch Coordinator, Melbourne Water Read more
  • Algae Scum Identification

  • Algae Scum Identification Resource Kit is an App to help identify potentially toxic freshwater algal blooms that may be forming scums or colouring the water. The App leads the user through a series of Yes/No questions to identify the algal bloom easily and determine whether it may be a potentially toxic blue-green algae. The app also has some background information on algal blooms and allows the user to report the bloom.

    The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of algal blooms and highlight the need for ongoing monitoring of NSW rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

    Associate Professor Simon Mitrovic, UTS Freshwater ecologist Read more
  • Whale Report

  • Whale Report is an app commissioned by the Vancouver Aquarium that provides a simple and powerful tool for public submission of sighting reports, taking advantage of mobile device functionality such as camera and GPS. Reports can be captured in the field whether connected or not.

    The response from Sightings Network observers about Whale Report has been overwhelmingly positive. Compared to other methods of reporting, observers are saying Vancouver Whale Report is by far the quickest and easiest way to report, and they love seeing the sightings they’ve submitted on the personalised map. The ease of reporting has re-engaged many observer groups, such as Parks Canada and some ecotourism operators that found recording sightings via other methods too tedious.

    Tessa Danelesko - Project Coordinator, Vancouver Aquarium Read more
  • NatureBlitz

  • An attractive, intuitive application that dually assists the public in learning about Victoria’s wildlife and helps the North Central CMA gather data on wildlife movement and condition.

    Having this easy to use NatureBlitz App easily accessible to the community means that the information recorded by our citizen scientists from across the region will significantly increase the data available for future analysis, research and reporting.

    Cassandra Davis - Regional Waterwatch Coordinator, North Central Catchment Authority Read more
  • RID Online

  • The NSW Reduce Illegal Dumping (RID) initiative is an integrated approach to the problem of illegal waste dumping. As part of this initiative, we designed, developed and host a new web-based application, known as RIDOnline, to support the collection and management of information on illegal dumping incidents.

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  • WA Pest Watch

  • WA Pest Watch is a reporting solution that provides the West Australian public with tools that enable in situ reporting of aquatic pest sightings using mobile devices with their in-built functionality such as camera and GPS or a web based reporting interface. These technology components mean that anyone can join in the fight to keep Western Australia aquatic pest free.

    All West Australians can help by reporting any unusual fish, seaweed, mussel, worm, crab or other aquatic invertebrate they think might be a pest species. The department can use this information in improving WA’s defences, to help keep our waters pest and disease free for all to enjoy. This new app will also give people with smart mobile devices an interactive tool they can use to identify pests, when and where they see them. It’s a great way for everyone to work together in the fight against aquatic pests.

    Lyn Beazley - Chief Scientist, Government Of Western Australia Read more