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Have you worked with Map Tour and noticed that everything is plain text? Would you like to insert line breaks, tweak the font size and color, maybe add a hyperlink? While Map Tour is designed to encourage simple storytelling, it has a secret: The text editor also supports HTML and CSS.

 

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> Styling Map Tour text with HTML and CSS

Story Map Series is one of the more popular Story Maps, enabling you to present a series of maps via tabs, numbered bullets, or an expandable side accordion. In addition to maps, you can include images, video, and web content in your series to tell your story and engage your audience.

 

By default, these layouts work in ascending order – numbered from 1 to the last entry. But in some cases you might want your Story Map to work in reverse order, from highest number to 1. Here’s how to switch your Story Map Series from a count up, to a countdown.

 

Story Map Journal is one of the more popular and powerful Story Maps, and is ideal when you want to combine narrative text with maps and other embedded content. A Map Journal contains entries, or sections, that users scroll through. Each section in a Map Journal has an associated map, image, video or web page plus a text panel that can also contain media.

 

By default, Story Map Journal sections are shown in order, just like you would read chapters in a book. The last section created is the last chapter in your Map Journal. But you can change order so it reads like a blog, with the latest entry first. Here's how.

 

Embedded maps and media are an inherent and essential part of any Story Map. But in certain cases you may want to embed more than just a mapyou may want to embed another story map to help tell your story, using story maps as building blocks for other story maps. This post covers how.

 

PowerPoint is the standard when it comes to presentations. PowerPoint slides can also be useful additions to your Story Map, providing an introduction, additional context, interesting graphics, and more.

 

One use case is when making a presentation that requires you to toggle back and forth from a PowerPoint presentation to a map or an app. The transitions between them can be awkward and jarring, and it may be beneficial to just add your PowerPoint slides to your story map and make your presentation using a single app – your story map that includes your PowerPoint slides.

 

Whether you’re just adding an image or two from a PowerPoint slide for a title or context, or are creating a complete presentation, here’s how to add PowerPoint images to your stories.

 

Story Maps are designed for storytelling, and typically stories are enjoyed as authored; viewed from intro to epilogue. But there are some story maps that are more like collections of short stories, and other cases where you might want to highlight a specific “chapter” in a larger volume.

 

Story Map Tour, Story Map Journal, and Story Map Series allow you to open, or launch, a story map at a specific place, just like opening a book to a bookmarked chapter. View this post to learn how.

 

You can enable the Find my location button for map in your Story Map. Here's how:

 

 

The Find my location button places your current location on the map. It’s especially useful in a Story Map if one of the goals of the story is to enable readers to explore places, for example, a walking tour (or even a driving tour) of things to see in a city.

 

Here's an example showing a Story Map Tour of restaurants in San Diego, the blue dot shows the viewer's current location after clicking the locate button.

 

Just updated today - how you can open a Story Map Series at a specific entry (bullet, tab, or side accordion).

 

Hannah Wilber writes

 

Without a doubt, this past year is one that will go down in history—and that includes Esri Story Maps history, too. With thousands of new stories being created each week, our storytelling community gave us, the Story Maps team, a number of reasons to celebrate.

 

One major accomplishment: There are more than 750,000 stories now hosted in ArcGIS online, and countless others self-hosted across the Web. That’s an incredible number, and a reminder of just how fortunate we are to be in the company of so many passionate place-based communicators.

 

Read the full blog post by clicking the link below. The blog contains links to our favorite stories of the year. Perhaps one of your stories was chosen!


> Our Favorite Story Maps from 2018

 

 

 

 

This blog post from the Story Maps team provides some tips and best practices for integrating static and interactive charts into your stories.

 

As a cartographer, I love maps—and if you’re reading this, you probably do, too. But not all data can, or should, be visualized spatially. Sometimes, the most effective way to illuminate trends or patterns in your data is to chart it. There are a number of reasons you might want to include charts in your story maps. For one, charts are great at presenting quick, digestible insights. Our brains are hardwired to process visual information faster than written text, and charts can communicate fundamental statistical trends much more efficiently than explanatory narration.

 

Furthermore, charts can provide novel perspectives on familiar data. By visualizing the same dataset in multiple ways—for example, mapping a dataset to highlight geographic distributions, and charting the same dataset to show temporal distributions—you might expose or reinforce statistical patterns and relationships that would otherwise be overlooked.

 

Third, because charts are inherently visual, they can bolster the tone and character of your story map. Just as a rug can tie a room together, a good chart can elevate your story to new levels. Of course, this goes both ways: a poorly designed chart can scupper an otherwise excellent story map—but the same can be said about any visual element.

 

This blog post covers some general best practices for using static and interactive charts in story maps, as well as some advanced options for getting the most out of your non-geographic visualizations. Let’s dive right in!

 

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> Including Charts in Story Maps

 

A blog post from Esri Story Maps discusses the team's research efforts to gather community input to help inform the next generation of storytelling apps.

 

Esri Story Maps have come leaps and bounds since their infancy in 2011. The applications evolved organically from research and development efforts seeking to understand maps as communication tools. Today, Story Maps are used broadly within the ArcGIS community.

 

With the success of over half a million stories hosted on ArcGIS Online, we now ask your help to shape the next generation of Story Maps... Contribute your voice—tell us what you need to excel in your work through our digital storytelling survey and we’ll share our findings with you after the survey period completes.

 

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> Story Maps: Shaping the Next Generation of Storytelling Apps

 

Photo: Nong Vang (Unsplash)

 

Note from Greyson Harris:

 

We want to get the word out about our survey and research—please share this blog with your associates. Have a contact in mind that would be perfect for this kind of research? Please contact me directly. Have you conducted community-based research to improve your own tools? Please share your experience in the comments below.

Allen Carroll writes 

 

Those of you who regularly visit the Story Maps gallery for ideas and inspiration might have noticed a modest change. We’ve created a special category called “Story Maps Labs“. We’ve used this to delineate custom Story Maps that our team has produced. Each Labs item in the gallery has a special header. You can access all the Labs stories via a link at the bottom of our website’s apps page, and also by a new filter option on our gallery page.

 

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> Story Maps Labs: Our Ongoing Experiment

 

 

Esri Story Maps program manager, Allen Carroll, writes:

 

Stories are at the heart of how we communicate, and how we reinforce our social ties. They help us make sense of the world and assign meaning to the often chaotic and confusing experiences of our lives...I’ve published the first in a series of story maps that I hope will provide a few insights…and that just might inspire you to tell your own stories.

 

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> ArcGIS Blog: Maps, Minds and Stories

 

 

Hannah Wilber writes...

 

Eager to make your first story map, but not sure where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to see just how easy it is to create placed-based, multimedia narratives.

 

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> How to Make A Story Map

Professor Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, writes:

 

As we know, story maps have emerged as a powerful communication platform, leveraging the power of web-based GIS to tell “stories” about important connections among scientists, resource managers, and policy makers; and how combining the new medium of “intelligent Web maps” with text, multimedia content, and intuitive user experiences has a great potential to synthesize the data and amplify the interpretations. Story maps are now informing, educating, and inspiring on a wide variety of scientific and policy issues. But can story maps be academically citable?

 

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> Making Story Maps Citable (e.g., with Digital Object Identifiers)