Collaborating and sharing

Kumu makes it easy to collaborate with others and share your map – whether you're working in a public or private project. This page covers:

Inviting someone to edit your map

Adding members to personal accounts

Personal projects only allow adding people as collaborators, which means they have view and edit access. To add a collaborator, first ask that person to sign up for a free Kumu account (if they haven't already) by visiting ( Ask for their username and then go to the "members" section of your project via the menu in the upper left of your map. Enter their username and then click "add contributor".

Adding members to organization accounts

Organization projects allow adding people with view, edit or admin access through teams. Read the organizations guide for more information.

Handling conflicts (from overlapping edits)

We've intentionally designed Kumu not to be realtime. When working with complex data it's distracting to have things changing constantly out of your control. Instead we only pull in changes when conflicts need to be merged. When you want to sync up with the rest of your team, just refresh the page.

If you happen to edit the same part of the map at the same time (whether that's an element name, map description, view, or something else), we'll detect this and prompt you to review any conflicts.

Let's walk through a quick sample. Say you and a teammate both happened to be mapping influential people in Silicon Valley one afternoon. You both click on Reid and decide that his bio needs a bit of sprucing up. You save your changes and SURPRISE! The below screen pops up to let you know that you're not the only one editing Reid's bio today.

Conflicts Step 1

You click "Get started" and see a window that highlights the changes between your version and the version on our servers. Lines you've added show up as blue text with a "+'' sign in front. Lines that you've deleted or someone else has added show up as red text with a "-" sign in front.

Conflicts Step 2

Now you're in charge. Choose which text you want to keep and which you want to remove. Make any remaining corrections and then remove any "+" or "-" added in the merge process. You're finished when you see all grey text:

Conflicts Step 3

If there are multiple conflicts, you'll be taken through each conflict one by one. Once you see this screen:

Conflicts Step 4're all set. If only handling conflicts in the real world were this easy!

Public projects

Public projects allow you to easily share and build upon the work of the whole Kumu community. For more information, view the project architecture guide.


Presentations combine the best of PowerPoint, Prezi, and Kumu into one easy-to-use tool. You'll find presentations by clicking the menu in the upper left of your map. Here's a quick guide to getting started:


Embeds make it easy to include an interactive, read-only version of your map on a blog or wesbite. Click the more button in the lower right corner of your map and then choose "embed map on another website". Learn more about embeds here.

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