If a picture is worth a thousand words, a story map can share a saga.
ArcGIS StoryMaps is a free, web-based platform for the Brock community to showcase stories, images, video, audio, apps, interactive maps, and other multimedia content.
Sharon Janzen, Map Library Associate and Geospatial Data Coordinator at Brock University Library, encourages faculty and graduate students looking for unique ways to illustrate research, projects, and reports to learn more on ArcGIS StoryMaps via two upcoming webinars.
“Many organizations around the world use StoryMaps to create digital exhibits, engaging stories, and interactive maps, including National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institute, universities, and nonprofits,” she says.
Janzen is hosting two webinars this month on using Ersi web mapping and storytelling tools. On Thursday, June 9, Intro to ArcGIS Online will introduce attendees to the tool’s interface and explore its new map viewer for creating an interactive web map. On Thursday, June 16, Intro to StoryMaps will teach attendees how to combine an interactive map created in ArcGIS Online with narrative text, images, video and/or audio clips to create an engaging and creative visual presentation. Both workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
David Telfer, a professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock, recently used ArcGIS StoryMaps in a third-year course on the geography of water resources. Students were tasked with creating a lab work on StoryMaps to present their findings on a pressing water issue they researched, such as sea level rise, drought, or water contamination. water.
“StoryMaps are a great way for students to extend their written work by allowing them to incorporate multimedia elements such as images and videos, and create personalized interactive maps,” says Telfer. “Sharon Janzen has been a great resource in creating an ArcGIS StoryMaps tutorial for my classes and she always makes herself available to answer questions.”
Jessica Linzel (BA ’18, MA ’20), Director of Community Engagement for The Brown Homestead and former Esri Canada GIS Fellow, uses StoryMaps to present complex ideas about history in a more accessible way. Linzel creates a series of web maps that outline the boundaries of The Brown Homestead and show how the land evolved from its aboriginal origins, then Loyalist settlements to several generations of the Brown family and new owners who divided and sold or bought land. lands.
“The cultural landscape can be shown with GIS and historical maps, as well as aerial photos that reveal patterns that cannot be seen through documents found in a basic title search,” he said. she stated. “The result is a web map with many interesting layers, but no explanation. It’s like inviting someone to a historic site without offering tour guides, commemorative plaques or interpretive panels along the way. Story maps are an engaging and effective way to present digital maps, while allowing the researcher to interpret their purpose and meaning.”
To see how StoryMaps can present research and projects in an engaging and interactive way, browse the StoryMaps at Brock collection.