Storytelling map classification for web developers

Authors: Konstantin Biriukov*, Saint Cloud State University, Mikhail Blinnikov, Saint Cloud State University, Jeffrey Torguson, Saint Cloud State University
Topics: Cyberinfrastructure, Development, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: interactive maps, storytelling maps, cartographic APIs, web development, data journalism
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 22
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Interactive maps increasingly play an important part in various fields of activities. Journalism, education, traveling, entertainment are only some of the fields utilizing interactive maps. Despite the history of telling stories with maps in atlases and in journalism, there are not many studies specifically addressing story mapping despite the recent popularity of data-driven web-based storytelling maps and there are several story-telling maps classifications based on only the user’s perception or action. Nevertheless, story-telling interactive maps have significantly evolved in the last decade, and nowadays sophisticated story-telling maps are more often created through code using cartographic APIs by technical professionals working in web development. These significant changes prompt the revision of the previous story-telling map classifications, to make the new one “from developer’s point of view” and to include all major types of story-telling maps that have become available over the past few years. This work provides a proposal of a new story-telling map classification with a supplemental web platform which contains examples for each class and subclass of the classification. This classification is intended to be more precise, fractional, up-to-date, and to fit well as a guideline of how to tell the story, which tool or class to select, and which interactive component or a combination of them to choose. Creators of the story-telling maps are able to pick up the most suitable class to fit the story in, so the classification is extremely practice-oriented. It can be helpful to data journalists, geographers, web developers, user experience designers.

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