Shareabouts is a web application for crowdsourced mapping. It’s intended to be customized for specific purposes, such as collecting public input on suitable locations for stations in a city-wide bike share.
Shareabouts has a simple, fun interface that makes it easy to add your voice to the map: suggest a location, add a comment, support other suggestions and share locations with your friends and neighbors.This map-based feedback method allows for highly flexible differentiation of types of feedback based on category and icon configurations, photo upload capability, surveying and the ability to link specific contents to map layers other than the one currently being used. The goal of the tool is to provide geography-based feedback and the ability to develop a rich understanding of that feedback through detailed spatial analysis. Behind the scenes, it’s a Rails app running on PostGIS spatial database, with a nice mapping front end.
Shareabouts is an open source tool, available for download and alteration on GitHub for communities with coding expertise. The tool is regularly revised on the feedback of GitHub users. Communities can use the ShareAbouts code for free, or can retain Open Plans to manage the site for a $500 set up fee and $300/month subscription for the length of the intended event. Communities can also obtain a fully customized ShareAbouts from the organization for a fee of about $9,900.