GIS and Story Maps

A couple weeks ago, we had an introductory seminar about GIS and Story Maps using a software called Esri. We discussed the basics of GIS and the layers and axes involved and the variety of ways to use GIS.

For our specific seminar, however, we focused on using a feature called Story Maps that can be used to tell a place-based narrative. Liz went on to present us with the best practices when using Story Maps. She said we should consider our audience, the experience, and the level of difficulty. For me, that level would be simple as possible.

I began to use the software and was able to make a little progress in choosing my map and putting down some pins with text to describe the location and its significance.

I didn’t get too far in making my narrative, but I can really see the benefits of using GIS with in public history programming and education. Elizabeth C. has talked a lot about working at Pier 21 and the immigrant experience. Using GIS could be a useful tool when tracking an immigrant’s journey to settlement in a new country. Exploration and colonialism are also subjects that GIS could help explain within a geographical context.

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