Update, Feb 2015: for a map made with Knight Lab’s Storymap JS see The Water of Leith.
The final #mapmooc assignment was to tell a story with a map, to be assessed using peer review.
Aargh, storytelling…what does that mean in this context? Joseph Kerski, who has co-designed the mapping assignments, has written a post on the 15 minute story map, and well, it doesn’t have to be War and peace.
Esri’s Story Maps capability has templates and looks great – see the videos (part 1 | part 2) on the making of Landscape’s greatest hits and the four step process. Trouble is, it’s got time sink written all over it unless you’ve already got everything to hand. Some #mapmoocers have though, and the results are nice if eye candy rather than deep cartography – see Belgrade uncensored | Skopje 1963-2013 | The ruined abbeys of North Yorkshire | A dining/drinking tour of Epcot, FL…
Most people used the web app version after Autumn Matthews posted a step by step guide, but I ran into two buglike things (some pics loaded, some didn’t, easy to lose everything in a preview/organise/build dance for some unexplained reason).
There’s a proprietary vs open concern with ArcGIS – for example neither maps or story maps embed nicely in Storify or (I think) Tumblr, so I may as well just add links to some other #mapmoocers efforts here:
- The unexpected poignance of Google Maps – not a map, but definitely a story, similar to the Living Streets frontpage feature
- Downwind: Hanford and cancer in the Pacific North West – for use by students studying the impact of radiation from the Hanford Nuclear Facility in Washington State
- Michael Wimsatt gets out and about – he’s been tracking his location since January using OpenPaths, this is my dog walk project gone large; on the same note James Cook uses Saga for ‘social lifelogging’ (commute to home | time spent categorised)
- Mills – historical map (ArcGIS) | current map (Google Maps)
- Traffic accidents in Helsinki (Google Fusion Tables)
- Bigots and idiots – Tony Rodono: “I looked at Tweets in the NY/NJ area in the last month and plotted tweets that contained hate words over the tweets that contained common mispellings (just kidding, ‘misspellings’). I was interested in seeing how strong the correlation was between the use of hate language and misspelled words in a populous area. I was hoping for a stronger relationship – to once and for all prove that bigots are indeed idiots and then to show where they live. I ended up with a plot that seems a bit random.”
- Alan De Anda’s map CV
Doing my map was a learning experience, ArcGIS being not as intuitive as at first sight. Channelling Warren Reilly’s Galway: how it’s changed (see also Old and new synagogues across Germany) I looked at Crossing the Sound. Rather than repeatedly trying to get photos to load I spent my time looking for a layer to demonstrate topographical change in the area, which felt more faithful to the spirit of the course: