Litterati Citizen Science Resources

For a full walkthrough of everything you can do with Litterati, please see our short Onboarding Video Series. Note: Citizen Science feature tutorial coming soon.

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Browse answers to Citizen Science users’ most frequently asked questions:

How can I see what I've picked up?

Once you’ve uploaded photos, you can see them in your gallery. Go to the profile section of the app (furthest section to the left). This will show your total litter count as well as a map of your impact. In the bottom section of the profile screen, you will see the gallery option to see each individual picture you’ve uploaded.

How do I use the Citizen Science features of Litterati?

When you are logged in as a Citizen Science user to the Litterati mobile app and you go into the camera, you will see a button at the top of the screen that says “Start”. Tap that and confirm you are starting a segment. After you have completed the segment and tapped the ‘end’ button, you will find the results of your segment when you login to your dashboard. If you don’t see the ‘start’ button in the Litterati camera, please email [email protected] to help resolve this for you.

How can I access my data?

There are several ways for you to access your data. You can view your impact map and your gallery in the app. You can also log in to your account on the Litterati dashboard for more in depth looks at your data as well as the ability to download your data into a .csv file. The login link for the dashboard is in the above resources section.

How do I review and analyze the segments I have completed?

Login to your account on the Litterati dashboard. Use the same login credentials as you use to log in to the mobile application. If you cannot login, please attempt to change or reset your password from your account in the mobile app and try again.

Do I need to take a photo of each piece of litter individually?

At the moment, yes. We are currently developing the technology upgrades needed to be able to accurately capture multiple pieces per photo. To get the latest updates (and possibly get special early access to beta versions of the feature), join our FB community group. See the link in the top resourcees section of this page.

What is the most efficient way to pick up litter while also capturing the data on it through litterati?

So far we have found that using a litterdata grabber tool is the most efficient way. We are creating similar tools for people who prefer to use a litter stick or to wear gloves when litter picking. There will be similar instructionals for those methods soon. They can be found in the resources section at the top of this page.

How can I edit or delete a challenge I created?

Unfortunately, there is no way currently available to edit or delete a challenge once it has created. It will end with the date range you set expires. Upon expiration, you can create a new challenge. You can create a new free account and create a new challenge from the new account. It is on our product roadmap to soon allow you to edit or delete your challenge.

My images got stuck while uploading. What do I do?

First try to pause and resume your upload by tapping ‘Check it out’ in the upload element on screen. Then tap the button at the bottom. You can then tap it again to resume the upload. You may also be experiencing network issues getting in the way of a successful upload. If this does not fix the issue, please send us an email at [email protected] that includes the model of your phone, the version of software your phone is running on, and the version of the litterati app that you are currently using.

Please do not logout of the app or uninstall it before your upload has completed. If you do, understand that you will lose all the photos that were attempting to upload.

What are the best practices for tagging?

To tag your images, please go to your profile section of the app and scroll to the bottom section to enter your gallery. Tap into any photo to add tags to it. If the Litterai setting is active, you will see tag suggestions from our ai based litter recognition model. You are able to type and enter your own tags in addition to the suggestions. The best practice is to have 1 – 3 tags per image. The ideal would be 3 tags, 1 each to describe the object, the material, and the brand of the litter. Of course, there are times where it is unclear what kind of object it is, what material it is made from, or what the brand of it is.

Do you have an open data policy?

We have currently opened up our database as we wanted to ensure our policy serves everyone as many members of the community, including schools that use the platform, wish to keep their data private. If you are a research institution or citizen scientist who’s looking for a subset of data, you can simply visit our OPEN DATA PORTAL. It has now become easy for anyone interested in helping the greater good through data to do so through our open data initiative.

What should I do with the data I collect & have access to?

As of July 2020, data collected on Litterati is fully open. Meaning whatever you collect can by used by anyone on earth to help make a bigger impact. If you want some inspiration for what you can do with your data, click here to see the headlines of our stories of impact for examples from individuals and small groups to influence policy and create a lasting change.

My question wasn't answered. How can I reach you?

You can reach out to us at [email protected] or send us a dm on facebook, instagram, or twitter. We typically respond within 1 – 2 business days.