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Story Maps: What are Story Maps?

How to create, edit, and publish Story Maps


Story Maps utilize maps, text, and multimedia to present interactive narratives that engage users and provide instantly-accessible geographic context to any project. You can use one of Esri's eleven templates to instantly start plugging in maps, text, images, and videos, or you can use ArcGIS for Developers to create a template from scratch. No GIS or coding experience is required to create Story Maps, but if you have experience you can create custom maps and/or download the Story Maps source code to put your skills to use. Story Maps are also great for sharing your projects, because they come with built-in sharing options via Twitter, Facebook, and embed codes/shareable links.

Below is an embedded Story Map by Esri, made using the Cascade template:


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Except where otherwise indicated, original content in this guide is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license. You are free to share, adopt, or adapt the materials. We encourage broad adoption of these materials for teaching and other professional development purposes, and invite you to customize them for your own needs. 

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