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Software Spotlight: StoryMapping

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a cloud-based platform for creating and sharing digital stories. The Washington University community has access to this valuable resource through the ESRI Software Site License administered by the University Libraries Data Services team. Although the platform was created by ESRI to facilitate the sharing of online maps, it has become a popular tool for developing compelling stories that combine images, text, and sometimes (but not always) interactive and informative maps.

You can think of the Storymap platform as a template that allows users to quickly populate a webpage with content. Sharing is controlled so that your story can be private, shared with the others in the WashU organization, or with the public at large. Many interesting stories have been created by WashU faculty, students, and staff for research, course work, or informational purposes. Here are a few example images with links to the online stories:

You can learn more about StoryMaps, including how to access and effectively apply this resource to your work, by visiting our ArcGIS Online Research Guide. Please contact Data Services staff with any questions.