Shareabouts is a flexible platform for gathering public feedback developed by nonprofit OpenPlans.org. 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.
Shareabouts is an open source tool, available for download and alteration (“forking”) on GitHub for communities with coding expertise. The tools 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.