Story Maps: The Origin, Growth, and Future of Place-Based Multimedia Narratives

Authors: Allen Carroll*, Esri
Topics: Geography Education, Communication, Higher Education
Keywords: Story Maps, Storytelling, Communication, GIS Education, Public Engagement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Riverview II, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
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As head of the story maps team at Esri, I've guided the development of a series of web applications that enable interactive maps to be combined with photos, video, text, and other multimedia content to tell geography-based stories about the world. A key component of Story Map apps are their builder functions, enabling authors to create story maps without needing any web development skills. Although story maps are primarily intended to serve the vast GIS user community, their ease of use is increasingly serving broader audiences—particularly students and educators. The Story Maps program has been wildly successful; nearly a half-million Story Maps are currently hosted on Esri's cloud service, ArcGIS Online, with many more hosted elsewhere. As part of a larger session on use of Story Maps within colleges and universities, I'll summarize the history of the program, the array of storytelling apps that our team maintains, and our plans for the future.

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