Help and FAQ

Need help? Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions. If you still need help get in contact here.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the Site & Trails app?

    Sites & Trails is a interactive service that enable visitors to a participating location to have an interactive experience using a smartphone or tablet (i.e. Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPhone or Ipad).

  • What is Citizen Science?

    Citizen science (also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists, often by crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

    Formally, citizen science has been defined as "the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis". Citizen science is sometimes called "public participation in scientific research."

    To learn more about Citizen science, check out the Wikipedia entry here.

  • What is the Sustainable Science Trail?

    The Sustainable Science Trail is the first active trail to be launched using the Sites and Trails app framework.

    For the visitor and users, it enable enhanced interactive experiences using a smartphone or tablet (i.e. Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPhone or Ipad).

    For participating sites the Sustainable Science Trail allows host organisations to monitor and assess the success and viability of this new technology. It is anticipated that results will provide valuable feedback help organisations to consider the viability of extending this technology to other applications.

    The Sustainable Science Trail was funded by Inspiring Australia and the Australian Government.

  • How does it work?

    First you need to download the app onto your smart device by going to the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android). This will allow you to take your smartphone or tablet to a listed site and participate.
    When you arrive at a site there will be a sign that will provide more detailed information about the type of interaction possible. You can then participate by using the app in-built site detector (which requires bluetooth) or via the "qr-code scanner" functionality. This will take you straight to the relevant interactive experience.
    Follow the prompts on your smartphone's screen until you get through to the finish! You will then be able to go to a results page.

  • What is the privacy policy?

    The Sites and Trails app and framework is strongly committed to protecting user privacy.

    Whilst specific privacy policies and data collection will vary from site to site, it is a policy of Sites and Trails that your personal information will not be added to 3rd party lists or databases without your express consent.

    At the time of writing (July 2015) there are no sites on the system that store personal data beyond that which you contribute as part of a site activity. (i.e. at some locations we may ask about for your name, age, home town and other similar questions.)

    Sites and Trails NT does collect your IP address in some circumstances. This information is used to help us identify duplicate or spurious entries that may be submitted to our data sets.

    For further information, please take a look at our full privacy policy here or contact us here.

  • How is the data I enter used?

    The data you enter is added to a table of results which is stored in a database. This data is then used to create graphs, display long-term trends, calculate test or quiz results and provide other such information. This enables you as a visitor, and other visitors, to have a more interesting experience at the interactive site you visit.

  • What do I do if something is not working?

    If you encounter some kind of technical error, please let us know by going to the contact page here and selecting "Report a Technical Error" from the drop down menu.

  • I have a great idea for a site!

    Great! Goto the Add a listing page and we'll see what we can do.
    At the moment, sites are limited to Alice Springs, but this may change in the future.