This module introduces storymaps, and why you might want to make one.
Estimated time: 10 mins
A storymap or story map is an interactive online exhibit which tells a story or explains an idea using an annotated map.1Tony Hirst, ‘Seven Ways to Create a Storymap’, School Of Data (blog), 25 August 2014, http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/25/seven-ways-to-create-a-storymap/.
Historians can use a storymap in many different ways, including to:
A storymap includes both a map and some annotations. The map shows you where and the annotations tell you what. Together, the map and the annotations – the where and the what – tell a story.
StoryMapJS displays maps and annotations side-by-side (some tools are different).
A storymap in StoryMapJS – a StoryMap – has two components: a map and a set of slides. The map is visible at all times, and one slide at a time is displayed next to it. Each slide is linked to a particular location on the map, and the map pans automatically to focus on that location.
Your StoryMap can be navigated in two ways:
The combination of linear and non-linear 2On linear and non-linear visualisations, see Alan Liu, ‘When Was Linearity?: The Meaning of Graphics in the Digital Age’, Digital History Project, August 2008, http://digitalhistory.unl.edu/essays/liuessay.php. navigation makes a StoryMap interesting for visitors. Take this StoryMap on the westward expansion of the US. A visitor can follow the sequence of slides to track this change over time (linear navigation), and s/he can also use the map to click on locations of interest (non-linear navigation). The visitor does not have to choose between the two approaches, and can switch between them at any time.
The next module will cover how to make a simple StoryMap.
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|1.||↑||Tony Hirst, ‘Seven Ways to Create a Storymap’, School Of Data (blog), 25 August 2014, http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/25/seven-ways-to-create-a-storymap/.|
|2.||↑||On linear and non-linear visualisations, see Alan Liu, ‘When Was Linearity?: The Meaning of Graphics in the Digital Age’, Digital History Project, August 2008, http://digitalhistory.unl.edu/essays/liuessay.php.|