What is the Urban Observatory and why should you participate?

02-18-2015 01:32 PM
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If you haven't seen the Urban Observatory, it's definitely worth exploring! This app places cities side-by-side to allow you to compare characteristic similarities and differences. The Urban Observatory creates greater understanding about a place through comparisons to cities that you're already familiar with. This understanding can be utilized for policy, tourism, science, education, demographics, philanthropy, and many other fields. Click here to view this well-designed, interactive app.

The videos below share the idea behind the Urban Observatory, how easy it is to participate, as well as how your involvement can help create greater understanding for your city. I created these videos utilizing Camtasia software to record my screen, add voice-overs, and make edits. The Touch Table video was shot at a professional recording studio and I have simply added a voice-over to the b-roll.

The Urban Observatory Touch Table and How-To videos can be viewed below:

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A geographer and storyteller, Jennifer is a lover of all things maps. She is the product manager for ArcGIS StoryMaps and is passionate about improving the storytelling experience and advocating for authors and readers. Explore ArcGIS StoryMaps to tell your story! https://storymaps.arcgis.com/