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In the Roadkill project, we would like to cooperate with you in many ways, because for us Citizen Science means active cooperation between research and society, in which everyone can contribute expertise and is valued. The collaboration is on a voluntary basis and can therefore be designed freely. Here you will find an overview of the ways in which you can participate in research.

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In our cooperation with society and our Citizen Scientists, it is particularly important for us to work as transparently as possible. For us, this also means publishing roadkill reports, developments and scientific articles openly. Open publication means that the reports, developments and results can be found online, are readable, usable and free of charge. We would also like to invite you to participate in the publications, be it through new ideas, critical comments or collaboration in writing the publications.  Roadkill Reports As soon as a roadkill is reported, it is visible on our interactive map. If you are registered, you can download and use your own reports at any time. All roadkill reports are checked and can be viewed and downloaded online after a certain processing time. We have described how the reports are reviewed, where they can be found and how they are correctly cited in the dataset section. This data can be used freely if it is stated that it is data from the Roadkill project and is cited correctly. In this way we want to ensure that recognition is guaranteed for all project participants. Developments Weekly Reports At the beginning of each week, we give a brief…
Where are animals reported?  When you open our project website or the apps, the map with the many spots jumps out at you. The map is automatically set to a certain area. On the website, for example, you can see a section of Europe, and in the app you can zoom in to the respective location. Whether on the website or in the apps, the map can be zoomed in and out as desired to get either a worldwide overview of where animals are reported, or you can search for a single municipality or a specific street to see which animals have been reported there. The zoom function can be controlled on a computer using the mouse, the trackpad or the buttons at the bottom right of the map. On a smartphone, you zoom in and out by placing two fingers on the map and dragging them apart or together. As you move through the map, you can see the spots loading. If you zoom out of the map, individual spots stack up to maintain an overview. If you zoom into the map, the stacks split up again. Clicking on a stack also enlarges the map and splits the stack.…
Citizen Scientists can immediately see any report on our online map and also comment if there is any ambiguity, e.g. if a report has not been drawn on a road, the animal has been incorrectly identified or it may not be a roadkill at all. If there is something you notice about a report, we invite you to note it in a polite and appreciative comment. How can you comment? To comment on a report, you must first log in. On our online map or in the app, please click on a report. The complete report will appear immediately on the left-hand side of the online map or in the lower section of the app. At the very bottom of this area you will find the "Comments" field. Here you can leave your comment or give other comments a "heart" if you support them. Of course, you are also welcome to reply to others' comments and thus start an appreciative discussion. The Roadkill Community looks forward to your views and expertise if you would like to share them with us. You are also welcome to ask questions about the reports. We in the project team also look at each report…
The core of the Roadkill project is the reporting of roadkill via apps or online forms. All questions and analyses in the project are based on this. The reports are made by Citizen Scientists who see roadkill animals on their daily routes and report them. It is important to note that only vertebrates that have clearly been killed by road traffic in Austria can be reported.  Click here to go directly to the report of an animal: https://roadkill.at/en/submit-data In order to report a roadkill, you must first register. All you need is an email address, a user name and a password. Reporting can be done via apps for iOS and Android smartphones, or simply via the internet browser. Our website and apps are developed by Spotteron. If you already have an account with a Spotteron app, you can also use it in our online entry form or in the apps.  Now more specifically, how can you join in? Project Roadkill is available as an Android app for your smartphone in the Google Play Store as a free download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.roadkill A separate app is also available free of charge for iPhones in the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/at/app/roadkill-spotteron/id1007563102?mt=8 You can also use our online…
You have made an observation on your daily routes or seen a regularity in roadkill? You have made an overview of the reports in our online map and ask yourself why there are clusters of roadkill at certain locations or why exactly this species is roadkill at this location? Then feel free to write to us with these or other research questions or observations. We will collect all submissions, sort them, develop them into research topics, and then release them for voting so that we can decide together in the community which questions will be researched further. We invite everyone to participate in the voting and also to collaborate in the following steps as we work on research questions and move forward together to a publication, creating new knowledge.  Please log in to see the submission form on this page (in German only).
Ask a research question In the Ask a Research Question section, we collect all the questions, sort them, develop them into research topics, and then release them for voting so that we can decide together in the community which topics will be researched further. We invite everyone to participate in the voting and also to collaborate in the following steps as we work on research topics and move forward together to a publication, creating new knowledge.  So you can see that your question can potentially be very important in advancing research on roadkills. Your ideas provide new impetus and are valuable to the scientific community. In this way, we would like to bring your local expertise to the development of the project and thus conduct research that is supported by the community. Report Roadkills At the heart of the Roadkill project are reports of roadkill using apps or online forms. The reports are made by Citizen Scientists who see roadkill animals on their daily routes and report them. It is important that only vertebrates that have clearly been killed by road traffic are reported.  All questions and analyses in the project are based on your reports. This means that your reports…