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Scaffold: Story Map

Story Map 

Story Map is a good tool to use before scaling up to Neatline. It introduces faculty and students to the power of using maps to display digital data (archival documents, photos, video, etc.).

Story Map allows you to use existing maps and resources that are already on the internet to create your “story map.” You can get going quickly without spending a lot of time on technical details.

Scale Up: Neatline


Neatline is an OMEKA plug-in for using historical maps to present data. The learning curve is a little steeper than Story Map. Especially for instructional purposes, it may be good to focus on the concept of story mapping before leaping into Neatline.

This useful tutorial provides a general outline for using Neatline (Doing Digital History).

Kristen Mapes tutorial is also very helpful.

To create a georectified map you may need to use Map Warper (a project of the New York Public Library and Topomancy). You will need to create a free account to use Map Warper. “Georectification is the process by which a remotely sensed raster image (e.g. an aerial photograph, a satellite image, geophysics results, or even a scanned map) is linked in to a coordinate system so that it can be accurately located onto a map.” This process can also be completed using ArcGIS.


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