Online tooling in value-mapping spatial projects

08 June 2018 - Published by Renske Stumpel
The University of Groningen, knowledge partner in Like!, uses its latest scientific insights to set up innovative ways of involving citizens in online value mapping tools. The University built a value-mapping system in order to gain more understanding in the impact assessment during the implementation of new spatial projects.

The Place Value Identifier tool, was presented by Peter van Kampen (University of Groningen) during the Like! meeting in Aalborg (spring 2018).

The pilot started with 100 respondents with the first version of the tool. Respondents throughout the Netherlands were asked to mark three points, areas or lines marking places or routes that they value in their living environment. In the next step, they were asked to state the most important value components to take into account when considering spatial interventions. 

Groningen University is currently running a revised version survey based on data and discussion and gathered data from already 1400 Dutch respondents. In the upcoming months, this is to be expanded transnationally.


In the screenshot above, you see a sample of which place types (infrastructure, build environment, recreational, agricultural, semi-build environment, forest and open nature, inland water and open water) the respondents marked in the Rotterdam area.

Next analyses are being made on the distributed points (read: values) to come up with ‘value profiles’ for every place type and neighborhood. With this information, we will be able to understand and discuss the spatial meaning or impact (e.g. in a neighbourhood) when a spatial project is initiated (e.g. road, housing, solar park).undefined


See some first results on the map above, where we zoomed into the area of Rotterdam municipality (also a Like! Partner). An interesting insight is the relative larger amount of ‘people’ and ‘planet’ values (see legend) and the differences between the distribution of values per placetype. For example, a nature placetype has a more distinct value profile than a build environment placetype, which is (logically) way more complex. You could say that the ‘calmness’ is not only visible in space, but also in the value profile. Further results will be published on the Like! project website.