Citizen Science Reporter is a configuration of the Crowdsource Reporter group application template that allows members of the public to report sightings of wild plants and animals. The application has been optimized for smartphones but is responsively designed to be used on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.

The Citizen Science application presents one or more maps that can be used to report an observation. Users can anonymously submit new reports, review existing reports, and comment and vote on reports or observations submitted by other users. They also can authenticate with their social media or ArcGIS Online credentials and track the status of problems or observations they have reported.

If you have a need to manage these observations, you can use Citizen Science Manager, which is a configuration of Crowdsource Manager.


Citizen Science Reporter requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Map authoring
  • ArcMap 10.4 - 10.6
  • ArcGIS Online subscription
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online subscription, or
  • ArcGIS 10.4 for Server (Standard or Advanced), or
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 - 10.6 (Standard or Advanced)
  • Crowdsource Reporter (ArcGIS Online configurable application template)

What you get

When you download Citizen Science, the download includes the following:

Directory Item Description
MapsandGeodatabase CitizenScience.mxd A map document used to publish CitizenScience service.
StateGovernment.gdb State Government geodatabase with sample data.

The Citizen Science Reporter application can be configured in ArcGIS Online without downloading the application. However, if you want to host the application on your own server the application is available to download from GitHub.

What's new

Below are the release notes for Citizen Science Reporter.

Date Description
January 2018
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.6.
March 2017
  • Support for shared theme
  • A fix for BUG-000101946 to improve the display of labels for uneditable layers.
  • Improved the user experince when viewing 'My Submissions' on lyers that contain filters.
  • Added an option to display the map view of existing reports before the list view when the application loads on a smartphone.
  • Removed the map from the submission form in the desktop/tablet layout.
  • The order of the three main form sections - Details, Attachments, Location - is now configurable.
  • The 'Help' content that is accessible from the sign in page can now be different than the content of the 'Help' panel available in the app. The in-app help can also be displayed as a splash screen.
  • Updated to use version 3.20 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
January 2017
  • Citizen Science Reporter can now be deployed in your ArcGIS Organization with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool.
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.5.
December 2016
  • Added options for configuring the appearance of the splash screen and text found in the app
  • Added configurable option to restrict new reports to within the boudaries of features in a polygon layer.
  • A fix for BUG-000094248 to improve the selection graphic for reports in secured layers.
  • A fix for BUG 000096844 to honor the visibility ranges defined on layers.
  • The sign in screen can now be hidden by turning off all sign in options, including guest access.
  • Added configurable options to allow users who submit reports through social media or ArcGIS accounts to delete and edit those reports.
  • Filters on the comment table are now honored to facilitate comment moderation.
  • Support for attachments with comments on layers.
  • Updated to use version 3.19 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
January 2017
  • Citizen Science Reporter can now be deployed in your ArcGIS Organization with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool.
September 2016
  • Sample data updated
February 2016
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.4
May 2015
  • First release of Citizen Science Reporter

Get started with Citizen Science Reporter

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ArcGIS for State Government includes several related maps and apps that also can be configured in your organization:

Deployment option

Follow a few simple steps to leverage ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool to quickly deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, configure it, and load your data if needed.