Map-based storytelling tools

June 8, 2019 0 By admin
Map-based storytelling tools

Storytelling is the art of involving the emotions and the imagination of people. Map-based Storytelling focuses on where the story takes place and can be very useful to transmit knowledge in several topics..

There are many different applications available to build Story Maps. They use different approaches and techniques, enabling creating stories with geographic connections. And some of them are entirely free. Examples of the platforms enabling creating story maps are ESRI or Knighlabs. Follow the links to see the story map examples and investigate the frameworks they use:

I included some short videos outlining each of these story map building platforms. These platforms provide templates for map-based tours, points of interest, in-depth narratives, presenting multiple maps, and much more. They make it possible to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly experience when you create the story. But you need to be online to create and access it. Story maps are used in education for a long time to improve students' comprehension and provide a framework for identifying the elements of a story. They help students of varying abilities, organize information and ideas efficiently. The geographical story maps are examples of creative approaches used in a wide range of subjects and industries.

Here is an example of the story map created using the Knighlabs framework.



There is one other framework – called Leaflet (an open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps). I haven't tested yet but maybe someone else did and can share some comments?

ArcGIS Story maps



Knightlab Storymap Gigapixel



Mapstory



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