The team chose the ESRI ArcGIS Storymaps platform for the Travelogue project. Last week the team had a vote on which ESRI ArcGIS Storymaps format to go with, the options were:
Sequential, Place-based Narratives Map Tour http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/map-tour/
A Curated List of Points of Interest Short List http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/shortlist/
Comparing Two or More Maps Tabbed Viewer http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/tabbed-viewer/
Comparing Two or More Maps Side Accordion http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/side-accordion
A Curated List of Points of Interest Playlist http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/playlist
The winner was…Map Tour http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/map-tour/
Each team member has an Esri ArcGIS organizational account that can be used to practice and publish. With the format selected and a large volume of research content done we can now start building. The American authors that we have chosen to initially feature are Zora Neale Hurston and Ernest Hemingway. We have shared Google Drive folders for each that feature spreadsheets with the research collected so far. The spreadsheet entries are organized with a unified chronological date so that the journeys can be mapped chronologically. All of the locations on both spreadsheets also have coordinates.
Informational text about each author is being written and audiovisual material to be featured on the Travelogue site is being collected. Notably, direct links to Hemingway images from the JFK Library’s Media Gallery http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/Media-Gallery.aspx For the content sources we have chosen to use the MLA citation format.
The Travelogue’s Twitter account has received a few new followers. Also, a Travelogue tweet was favorited by a San Francisco Chronicle newspaper Book Editor (all acknowledgements count). The Twitter logo has been redesigned. The look of the Twitter page has been updated to reflect the biblio and cartographic aspects of the project. Check it out @dhtravelogue
The team is looking forward to providing a status update presentation to the DH Praxis class on Monday, March 24th.
If you want to contact us please do. Our project blog is at travelogue.commons.gc.cuny.edu. Email us at dhtravelogue [at] gmail [dot] com or follow us on Twitter
We had to change which ESRI Story Maps App the team was going to use for our project. After Evonne uploaded a test CSV file she discovered that the “Map Tour” option the group had selected did not allow for enough content to be input and viewable. So we changed to the Short List http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/shortlist/. This discovery brought up a important point – it is best to test your app choice with a test CSV file before you spend a lot of time customizing your map, just to make sure that the map you choose provides you with all the options you want. We were all very glad this was something the group planned.