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):
- What are the list of common elements in these digital history projects using ESRI StoryMaps?
- 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
- 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.
- What’s missing?
- 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.