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Lab 3: Mapping Progress in Havana and Vernon

Lab 3: Mapping Progress in Havana and Vernon

Natalie Clemens & Brienne Hayes


We will be choosing between two “platforms” for use in our final project presentations. ESRI StoryMaps and podcasting technology.  Below is a small sample of projects that focus on place/a geographic location – similar to our project on SDSU’s history.


Answer the following with your partner(s):


  1. What are the list of common elements in these digital history projects using ESRI StoryMaps?
  • Images
  • Written narrative connecting the visual elements
  • Information is arranged linearly
  • Interactive maps displaying multiple dimensions of data
  • Empirical Data
  • Explicit connections between the history and contemporary issues


  1. What might that list of elements include?
  • Current images of the location
  • Maps displaying relevant geographic information
  • A cohesive narrative that frames the research question and walks you through the evidence
  • The Havana Storymap is essentially an article that uses informational overlays on the same map to communicate the effects of restoration projects in the old city.
  • The delivery of the story flows well and doesn’t make assumptions about the reader’s knowledge of the economic/architectural heritage preservation situation in Havana, Cuba.


  1. What’s missing?
  • Audio/video
  • Primary documents (the preservation plan is referred to but not shown)
  • Drill down–ability to dig deeper about general claims made in maps
  • Hyperlinks exhibiting the information displayed
  • The Vernon website offers a summary of research efforts using a variety of media, but does not put forward an argument about that research.
  • While the Havana website concentrates on a much larger area than the Vernon website, the Havana website provides more depth for its place.


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