8 Tips for Designing a Good Survey

From time to time we get questions about the keys to designing good surveys. How to make a map questionnaire that attracts as many respondents as possible and is easy to understand? In short, the principles are not much different from creating any type of questionnaire. A good survey is easy to read, there are few […]

Written by Kirsi Forss

New Feature: Embed Videos into Questionnaires

Engaging with the public is always communication that works two ways. At Maptionnaire, we are constantly striving to broaden the ways you can apply our platform to nourish great dialogues. We have just introduced a new questionnaire element type – the video element. This means you can now embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo into […]

Written by Timo Hämäläinen

Using Maptionnaire as an Educational Tool at University of Melbourne

The blog post below was written by Adeline Gabriel – student at the University of Melbourne. Adeline used Maptionnaire as a participatory research tool to map health-related experiences on her campus.   Written by Adeline Gabriel I used Maptionnaire software to demonstrate to my university Health Geography class how geospatial technologies could be used effectively […]

Written by Student Projects

Using Digital Participatory Platforms in Different Phases of the Planning Process

Participation is an efficient and effortless way to gather information about citizens’ experiences, values, and opinions throughout the whole planning process. No matter if you are compiling a master plan, a detailed plan, or a more general land-use vision, read how the versatile functions of Maptionnaire could be utilized in each phase of your project […]

Written by Kirsi Forss

Create Questionnaires that Make Planning Processes Smoother

When speaking of digital participation in the planning process, you’re essentially competing against other things that your potential respondent would rather be doing, such as liking things on Facebook or pinning latest trends on Pinterest. You obviously want the respondent to spend some time on your project providing useful insights for your work. There are a few things […]

Written by Anna Broberg

Walkability Data with PPGIS

“Knowledge is power.” A phrase particularly true in the planning of pedestrian environments. Movement data on active transportation, such walking or cycling, is often difficult to cluster. Its collection is expensive, requires manpower, resources, and new ideas for execution. Nevertheless, the evaluation and improvement of pedestrian environments are familiar terms to many municipal agendas, as well as […]

Written by Veera Helle

Bringing Data to Life with Interactive Map Visualization Methods

It’s our strong belief at Maptionnaire that the importance of location data goes hand in hand with the way such data is visualized. Informative and beautiful maps have the power to tell stories and mediate local insights to a wider public. With our PPGIS (Public Participation GIS) tool, residents can engage in planning processes by […]

Written by Mia Puttonen

Engaging People in the Early Phases of the Planning Process

Public participation has become a buzzword in urban planning projects around the globe. Despite the trendiness, many challenges remain in achieving transparent processes and acceptable outcomes. One of the recognized pitfalls is that participants are involved in improving their cities far too late in the process. Residents are annoyed to hear of coming changes in […]

Written by Maarit Kahila

Getting more People to Participate in Urban Planning

Urban management is becoming a more complex challenge for today’s cities. In a world of accelerated urbanization and globalization, affordable housing, public transportation, energy efficiency and social sustainability are just a few examples of the interrelated issues that need careful attention in planning processes. To advance any development project, modern-day urban planners are required to […]

Written by Timo Hämäläinen

Finnish PPGIS Advocates at the Participatory Mapping/GIS 2017 Conference in California

The interest in public participation and more effective urban planning tools dates back to the 1970s. Researchers and practitioners had already started to develop applications to support public participation and urban planning. In the 1990s the term “public participation geographic information systems” (PPGIS) was coined at the meetings of the National Center for Geographic Information […]

Written by Maarit Kahila