How to promote your own work through participatory mapping network?

We at the administrative site of PMAP community want to highlight to everyone that there is an opportunity to promote and share your own work through the PMAP website. It is fairly easy to add your own publications and projects to the website.

Below are the general instructions how to become a member of the Participatory Mapping -network and how to share your work. It can be simply done by visiting our website and by giving the needed information:

By choosing one of the four tabs, you can:

  • Become a member (just give your name, title and institution and upload your photo)
  • Share your Participatory Mapping project (here you are expected to provide a bit more information, e.g., a short description of your project and a figure or other visualization about your project)
  • Share your publication (Here you are asked to give the basic information about the project and also to choose one of the 8 themes of Participatory Mapping (e.g., Marine and coastal planning)
  • Join our mailing list

When sharing your own participatory mapping -project, it is a good idea to check the descriptions of the existing projects. Please also notice that the projects are classified as current and past projects:

We hope these instructions are sufficient to help you joining the network. We are very much looking forward to learning more about your work!

PMAP institute founders join forces in combining active and passive sensing systems, and transformative governance processes to unlock trade-offs to sustainability transformation.

PMAP institute founders Christopher Raymond (University of Helsinki), Marketta Kyttä (Aalto University) and Nora Fagerholm (University of Turku) will collaborate in the Transformative Cities project, which develops and utilizes participatory mapping methods alongside many other digital tools for accelerating the sustainability transition.

Cities across the world are facing significant challenges in achieving the climate and biodiversity goals as soon as possible. To enable sustainability transformation, Transformative Cities project claims that nature-based solutions (NBS) including systemic approaches combining e.g., stormwater wetlands, neighbourhood green spaces and networks of green corridors need to be considered alongside transportation infrastructure, given NBSʼ established role in providing for active mobility (Fastenrath et al., 2020), as well as biodiversity, carbon mitigation, climate resilience and well-being outcomes (Frantzseskaki & McPhearson, 2021; Raymond et al., 2017). However, a major knowledge gap is how to create digital urban planning tools that enable city and corporate planners, and citizens to work together across planning sectors to unlock trade-offs to sustainability transformation (Gret-Regamey et al., 2021; Raymond et al., 2022; McPhearson et al., 2021).

Chris, Marketta, Nora and a group of Finnish researchers joined forces with businesses and cities in the Transformative Cities project, which received €3 million in funding from the Academy of Finland for the period 2023–2025. Transformative Cities aims to create an integrated set of active and passive sensing, and transformative governance methods to inform rapid changes to carbon neutral and climate resilient futures by 2035. Transformative Cities moves beyond the state-of-the-art by combining active (including PPGIS and GEMA methods) and passive (big geospatial data) sensing systems, and transformative governance processes, collectively referred to as a ʻCompass for Transformationʼ. Across the project, there is strong emphasis on co-creating solutions for sustainability transformation across competence cluster members, which include: University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Eastern Finland and Turku University, ETH Zurich and New School New York; Cities of Helsinki, Lahti, Espoo and Oulu; KONE, YIT, Mapita, SOVA3D, ITS-Finland, HSY, Telia and Sitra.

Interested in learning more about the project? The project website will be released soon and linked to the PMAP website along with more detailed project description. You can naturally contact any of the Transformative Cities researchers from the PMAP institute in case you have questions:

Christopher Raymond, Marketta Kyttä, Nora Fagerholm and Tiina Rinne



Fastenrath, S., Bush, J., & Coenen, L. (2020). Scaling-up nature-based solutions. Lessons from the

Living Melbourne strategy. Geoforum 116.

Frantzeskaki, N., & McPhearson, T. (2021). Mainstream nature-based solutions for urban climate

resilience. BioScience 72.

Grêt-Regamey, A., Switalski, M., Fagerholm, N., et al. (2021). Harnessing sensing systems towards

urban sustainability transformation. npj Urban Sustainability 1.

Gret-Regamey et al., 2021; Raymond et al., 2022; McPhearson et al., 2021).

McPhearson, T., M. Raymond, C., Gulsrud, N. et al. (2021). Radical changes are needed for

transformations to a good Anthropocene. npj Urban Sustain 1.

Raymond, C.M., Cebrián-Piqueras, M.A., Andersson, E., et al. (2022). Inclusive conservation and

the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Tensions and prospects. One Earth 5.

Open Geo Hub: Spatial Data Anonymization Made Easy

If you’re interested in open data and want to try anonymizing some of your spatial datasets here’s some good news for you:

We have launched a GIS web app where you can anonymize your point data for free. The app can be accessed here:

Using this tool you can anonymize your data using two methods:

  • a simple but efficient donut anonymization
  • An advanced context sensitive anonymization algorithm.

The tool is based on the method developed in the following study:

Hasanzadeh, K., Kajosaari, A., Häggman, D., & Kyttä, M. (2020). A context sensitive approach to anonymizing public participation GIS data: From development to the assessment of anonymization effects on data quality. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 83, 101513.

This is a beta version of the tool and all feedback are welcome at this stage. If you have any inquiries, please find the contact information on

The tool currently only supports point data. More functionalities will be added to the hub in future.

anonymization, open data, open science, PPGIS

ISPM: Join the International Society of Participatory Mapping’s Executive Committee

International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM):

We are an eager group of collaborators including graduate students, faculty members, volunteers, and practitioners. The formation of a participatory mapping international organization is well-timed with the proliferation of mapping technologies, crowdsourcing platforms and social justice issues emerging in every corner of the world.

Participatory Mapping is the field of research and practice engaged in leveraging geographic technology to support public participation. Applications for participatory mapping methods range from indigenous rights, to smart cities, to biodiversity conservation. Our organization is unique in that we embrace the interdisciplinarity of the challenges faced at all levels of community and governance.

The ISPM was conceptualized at the first International Participatory Mapping Conference at Cal Poly in July 2017. Since then, we’ve formed a small group of academics, practitioners, and activists who believe in the ideals of participatory mapping and its potential for promoting equality and social justice.

The Society strives to provide opportunities for underprivileged and marginalized communities in order to promote a more equal distribution of knowledge and resources. The Official Bylaws outline the organizational structure of the Society. The tenure is a minimum of 2 years and includes a mandatory monthly meeting, hosting a webinar or a course, and supporting general operations.

These purposes are to be carried out by:

  • Hosting our Society on Mighty Networks to stimulate communication between practitioners and academics;
  • Electronically housing participatory mapping data, including maps, publications, workshops, and trainings;
  • Promoting the International Journal of Participatory Mapping (IJPM);
  • And the execution of quarterly webinars that engage researchers and practitioners publishing in IJPM.

For more information please visit our website and join our public network. To get involved, please take this survey and the committee will reach out shortly.


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