Author Archives: Bern Szukalski
“Four score and seven years ago” began what time would remember as a milestone in American history. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a speech that many consider among the most eloquent and important of … Continue reading
Stories are spoken in many languages, and the same is true for Story Maps. The results of a story map competition held at the recent Esri France SIG 2013 conference offered some compelling examples for me.
The winning story map merged themes of culture with urban and industrial heritage, but my favorite was a photographic tour of the Paris Metro. This was a tough selection to make over my second favorite story map about the seasonal migration (or transhumance) of people and their sheep. Of course all of these story maps are in French. Continue reading
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is transforming communities across the US above shale rock layers that trap natural gas and oil. Fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of water and other fluids into shale deposits under high pressure, causing fracturing of the surrounding rock and the release of gas through nearby wells. The extraction technique is controversial, and the resulting changes to nearby communities are argued as both good and bad.
Among the current top stories on Smithsonian’s website is a “then and now” perspective of a handful of cities using David Rumsey’s historical maps and current aerial imagery in an interactive application. The applications were built using one of the … Continue reading
Most of us have experienced busy airports when traveling, and this latest story map examines the 25 busiest airports in the world. Which airport do you think is the busiest? This story map presents some surprising and interesting results.
What stories can you tell using the countdown story map? Let us know! View lots more stories at the storytelling with maps website.
Story maps are very popular. They combine web maps, text, and rich media content to create compelling applications that inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a variety of topics. Many story maps can be lumped into the “fun” category–stories about personal journeys, vacations, adventures, and sightseeing across the globe. Here’s an example: Skiing the Haute Route: Touring from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland:
Over the years GIS has grown to cover a very broad horizon. It’s no longer the domain of specialized departments; instead it has become deeply woven into an organization’s fabric and extends to a very public and connected audience. The fact that we think differently today than in the past about how we use–and perhaps more importantly how we can use–GIS reminds us that we need to continue to evolve our skills in new directions, whether we’re seasoned GIS veterans, or simply trying to land that first job.
A recent e-mail from someone just beginning to to take their first steps into the GIS job market had me thinking about this again. They asked me whether they should take a course in Python to improve their GIS job prospects. Continue reading
Wiley Post was an accomplished American aviator, and the first to fly a fixed-wing aircraft around the globe in 1931, setting a record time of 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes. Interestingly, the first around the world flight was made by Hugo Eckener in 1921, piloting the Graf Zeppelin and taking 21 days.
In 1933 Post repeated his flight, this time flying solo, and breaking his previous record with a time of 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. His plane, the Winnie May, is now on display at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
Visit Storytelling with Maps to view more interesting story maps from Esri and the ArcGIS community.
Fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in America’s Civil War. Fought in a small market town in Pennsylvania, the battle involved about 164,000 men, and was the bloodiest of the war with over 51,000 casualties.
Marking next week’s sesquicentennial of the battle, a new Battle of Gettysburg Story Map has just been published. The story map represents a collaborative effort with Smithsonian, Anne Kelly Knowles of Middlebury College, Alex Tait of International Mapping, and Esri’s story maps team. It offers a new way to explore the Battle, and provides insights as to how elevation and visibility played an important role in its strategy and outcome.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Each year on June 20th … Continue reading