Our goal is to make Maptionnaire the best and most recognized digital community engagement platform across the globe. We do so in close cooperation with our fabulous customer base, including smart cities, innovative researchers, determined urban planners, and forward-thinking consultancies who wish to improve the practices of public participation. We truly hope we can continue creating more livable and lovable cities – together.
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From a university spin-off to a global SaaS platform
Maptionnaire was born when a group of urban planning researchers and professionals based in Helsinki discovered an emerging problem: there was an increasing need for cities and urban planners to engage the public and to get real input from local residents.
However, the methods in use at the time were not enough for taking people’s opinions into account in a large-scale and actionable form.
When cities began to contact us about our work with PPGIS — the use of opinions and subjective data in GIS applications — it became apparent that there was a greater demand for our solutions than what could be offered through university projects. Anna and Maarit, the founders of Maptionnaire and both doctors of science in land-use and planning, decided it was time to venture onwards.
Our company, Mapita, was founded in 2011 to provide a solution for anyone to create their own map-based questionnaires. Since then, Maptionnaire has developed from a map-based survey tool to an entire platform for community engagement. Throughout the years, the whole Maptionnaire team has been working hard to develop the service to what it is now.
Mapita: The Company behind Maptionnaire
These are the people who work hard to put the map in Maptionnaire.
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Maptionnaire is an online platform creating maps based on surveys co-created by local communities. These surveys collect local attitudes, knowledge, and proposals for change. By utilising Maptionnaire, ArcticHubs collaborates with local communities as a way to codesign solutions to some of the significant land and sea use challenges in the Arctic.
Urban planning can benefit from citizen participation through geo-linked surveys. Using Maptionnaire, cities can conduct citizen surveys and gather feedback on urban development projects, transportation planning, park design, and more. Simultaneous linking with geospatial data allows citizens to express their opinions and ideas based on locations on a clear map.
The world is digital, and no doubt that with online consultation tools, planners reach more and more diverse groups. With Maptionnaire, residents can take an engagement survey from any device whenever and wherever they want.
Maptionnaire enables planners, and cities in general, to collect geospatial data from residents and stakeholders about their experiences with the built environment, a vital piece of data often lacking from the urban geospatial ecosystem.
When we just started, no one in the planning world knew about citizen engagement, and those who did found it boring. Now planners are open to these ideas and they understand that it’s the way to go forward.
One of the key features of Maptionnaire is its ability to gather input from a large number of people quickly and easily. Users can distribute their surveys through a variety of channels, including social media, email, and QR codes. This can help to ensure that a diverse range of people are able to provide feedback on the project, which can help to ensure that the final design reflects the needs and desires of the community.
Maptionnaire collates quantitative and qualitative GIS (geographic information system) data, which can then be easily analysed and compared, removing ambiguity and the need for interpretation. The software was developed by the founders of Mapita, Maarit Kahila and Anna Broberg – CEO and COO respectively.
We decided to use a software called Maptionnaire which integrates survey questions with photos and interactive maps. Having an interactive map was important because it allowed respondents to pinpoint on maps where they lived, which parks they used, which areas they thought needed more parks and recreational amenities, etc.
Due to the precise location reference, we receive mostly factual and topic-related answers when working with Maptionnaire. Of course, other question options can also be built into the questionnaire: it is possible to vote on options, hierarchize them, formulate your own ideas, and upload photos. Participants are automatically guided through the questionnaire. And answering the questions is also very intuitive.