Concept Design of #hylo—Geosocial Network for Sharing Hyperlocal Information on a Map

  • Hanna-Marika HalkosaariEmail author
  • Mikko Rönneberg
  • Mari Laakso
  • Pyry Kettunen
  • Juha Oksanen
  • Tapani Sarjakoski
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Sharing hyperlocal geospatial knowledge with one’s community may foster many positive outcomes, such as increasing a sense of community. However, much of this information travels by word of mouth and, therefore, does not reach everyone in time or even at all. We present the human-centred concept design process of #hylo, a geosocial network in which users can easily share personal, hyperlocal geospatial knowledge about their surroundings. Users may gain hyperlocal information of their own places, filtered with their own interests. We expect #hylo to increase (1) attachment to location, (2) interest in the area, and (3) social participation in local community. We explain the design process and show results from initial user studies that were encouraging, as the participants were interested in this kind of hyperlocal information and found it useful. Even those who are usually hesitant to post in social media, found this kind of community-focused, hyperlocal platform to be a pleasant place to share information.


Human-centred design Geosocial Hyperlocal Location-based Map application 



Support for this research was provided by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) through a strategic research grant for the MyGeoTrust-project. We would also like to acknowledge the rest of the project team members and the participants of the user studies for their helpful feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanna-Marika Halkosaari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mikko Rönneberg
    • 1
  • Mari Laakso
    • 1
  • Pyry Kettunen
    • 1
  • Juha Oksanen
    • 1
  • Tapani Sarjakoski
    • 1
  1. 1.Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGIHelsinkiFinland

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