PlaceSpeak Launches “SentiMap” for Geospatial Sentiment Analysis

Today, PlaceSpeak launched the beta release of SentiMap, its text-based sentiment analysis feature. This feature is now available to Premium and Organization-Wide customers.

SentiMap represents a significant improvement over traditional methods of analyzing qualitative data (e.g. comments), which can be extremely tedious and time-consuming. In contrast to ‘word clouds’, SentiMap makes it possible to see how people’s’ attitudes differ geospatially. Consultation administrators will now be able to instantly visualize participants’ sentiments in discussion comments along a five-point scale: very positive, positive, neutral, negative, or very negative.

Webinar: Innovative Online Public Consultation on the Ottawa River Watershed

Government departments and agencies need to explore new online tools that will allow citizens to provide input and feedback on key issues.

Watch our recent webinar to learn how Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) used PlaceSpeak as the citizen engagement platform for its study of the Ottawa River Watershed. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Why PlaceSpeak was the right fit for the ECCC online public engagement
  • Which features and feedback collection tools were used
  • How they promoted the consultation to get more than 40,000 views on their study site
  • How ECCC will leverage the unique features of PlaceSpeak, even after the study’s online public engagement has come to an end
  • Challenges and lessons learned

PlaceSpeak at the #BCTECH Summit and LGMA Conference

This week, PlaceSpeak will be attending and exhibiting at two conferences: the #BCTECH Summit and the Local Government Management Association of BC (LGMA) Conference.

Webinar: How to Facilitate Effective Online Consultations on Challenging Issues

In today’s digital environment, local governments need to gather feedback online to reach the broader community and make truly informed decisions. But when consulting online, how can you be confident that you are hearing from affected residents in a constructive way?

Recently, Elkhart County, Indiana needed to hear from community members on a proposed rezoning to build an immigration detention center. Clearly, this could have been a polarizing issue for residents.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how County Commissioner Mike Yoder used PlaceSpeak to consult online successfully with community members on this divisive and challenging issue.

PlaceSpeak Receives 2018 SAP® Pinnacle Award: SAP Purpose-Driven Partner Application of the Year

VANCOUVER, BC – PlaceSpeak today announced that it has received a 2018 SAP® Pinnacle Award as the SAP Purpose-Driven Partner Application of the Year, which recognizes its outstanding contributions as an SAP partner. SAP presents these awards annually to the top partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and helping customers run better. Winners and finalists in 29 categories were chosen based on recommendations from the SAP field, customer feedback and performance indicators, including two Customers’ Choice awards, which recognize customer-nominated SAP partners.

“PlaceSpeak is honored to receive this recognition from SAP,” said Founder and CEO, Colleen Hardwick. “This award is particularly meaningful as it acknowledges our purpose to help restore trust in government through authenticating the online citizen engagement process. SAP works extensively with the public sector and is aligned with our mission to advance digital democracy.”