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Placemaker: The Map-Drawing Tool

Placemaker is a no-code Public / Participatory GIS (PGIS / PPGIS) tool we built for citizen science and crowdsourcing. No complex GIS interface, just an easy and intuitive experience.

Currently being used by Digventures, the app simplifies the process of manipulating existing place data in the context of an interactive map.

Point, vector, polygon data can be created or edited, as well as the associated metadata for each.

Want to see it in action? Check out our archaeology use case.

  • Flexible drawing tools

    Placemaker offers point, line, vector and polygon drawing and editing tools, including a smart trace feature for tricky landscape patterns and shapes.

  • Crowdsourcing

    Work together to create and improve data.

  • Annotate with metadata

    Structure your data your way, with customisable metadata fields and extensive data format options.

More features

  • Import reference layers

    Include historic maps, LiDAR, modern data, or satellite maps as easily toggled reference layers.

    You can add as many layers as required; sort them, hide individual layers, or change each layer’s transparency.

  • Web native & user friendly

    Like Humap, Placemaker has been built for the web and modern digital devices. The interface design has been crafted to exceptionally high user experience standards and does not require a specialist or lengthy training to get your staff and volunteers quickly placemaking.

  • Export data

    Export your placemaking work as standardised geodata with associated metadata for use in your own software or platform.

  • Standalone or embedded

    Placemaker can exist as a standalone online application with a custom domain name or as an embed in a wider piece of work.

  • Approval workflow

    Whether you’re engaging with the crowdsourcing feature, or sharing across a select few colleagues, Placemaker offers an approval workflow for placemaking creation and editing.

    Clear indicators of available, in progress, and ready for inspection placemaking makes it easy for your administrators to keep track of work in progress.

  • Integrated with Humap

    Placemaker is integrated with its bigger sibling, Humap.  It can be used to embellish existing projects or create data overlays for a new project.

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