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Celebrating Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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“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

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Smithsonian’s Story Map Examines the Shale Gas Boom

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.

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Story Map Commemorates Historic Flight

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.

You can learn more via an Esri story map that commemorates the 80th anniversary of Post’s feat by visiting the Smithsonian’s Air & Space website, or viewing the story map application.

Visit Storytelling with Maps to view more interesting story maps from Esri and the ArcGIS community.

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The Power of the Map

Maps mean different things to different people.  So what is a map?

My definition is simple: a map is an answer to a question.

There are three basic kinds of maps that answer three basic types of questions:

  • The Location map answers the question, “Where am I?”
  • The Navigation map answers the question, “How do I get there?”
  • The Spatial Relationships map answers the question “How are these things related?”

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Multi-dimensional Mapping: The Civil War Story Map

Ongoing sesquicentennial observances have heightened interest in a topic that millions of Americans have always found spellbinding. The saga of the Civil War seemed an ideal opportunity to test some techniques for timelines, animations, and search functions tied to interactive maps.

The “Battlefields of the Civil War” map was the latest in an ongoing effort to show how intelligent maps can help users explore subjects over both space and time. We’re also seeking to give users different options for browsing, navigating, and discovering content—even within a single story map. Continue reading

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