ArcGIS Storymaps

What are StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps help you tell remarkable stories with custom maps that inform and inspire.

A story can effect change, influence opinion, and create awareness—and maps are an integral part of storytelling. ArcGIS StoryMaps can give your narrative a stronger sense of place, illustrate spatial relationships, and add visual appeal and credibility to your ideas.

Use StoryMaps simple map maker to create custom maps to enhance your digital storytelling, or add text, photos, and videos to your existing ArcGIS web maps and web scenes to create an interactive narrative that's easy to publish and share.

StoryMaps code and plugins are developed in open source on GitHub. You can fork the repos and extend the functionality of StoryMaps to suit your needs.

Types of StoryMaps

  • Story Map Basic—Present a map through a minimalist user interface. Apart from the title bar and an optional legend, the map fills the screen. This is a good choice when you want the map to be the focus of the app.
  • Story Map Cascade—Create immersible, full-screen, scrolling stories using narrative text, maps, scenes, images, and videos.
  • Story Map Journal—Create a compelling map-based narrative presented as a set of journal entries. This is ideal for creating multimedia stories that combine text, maps, images, and video, especially when you have lots of text or a rich array of content.
  • Story Map Series—Present a series of maps or media. The app can be configured to use tabs, numbered bullets, or an expandable side accordion. You can also include images, video, and web content in side panels to help tell your story.
  • Story Map Shortlist—Present places of interest organized into a set of easy-to-use tabs.
  • Story Map Swipe and Spyglass—Compare two maps or two layers in the same map. This is a good choice for showing before-and-after imagery or other changes over time.
  • Story Map Tour—Present a sequential, place-based narrative in the form of a series of geotagged photos and captions linked to an interactive map. This is a good choice for walking tours or for presenting locations you want users to follow in a sequenced order.

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