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StoryMaps: Design a Dynamic and Spatially-Driven Narrative

StoryMaps FAQ

I'm working in a group. Can we all have editing privileges for the same StoryMap?

If you're all Brandeis affiliates, yes! First, you want to request a Shared Update Group. You can email this request to Alex Willett or Natalie Susmann. Once the group is created, you need to Share Content to an ArcGIS Group


How can I save share several StoryMaps via one URL?
Create a StoryMaps Collection. This is a great option for professors who want to share their class' projects. 


I keep getting an error. What do I do?
First, Check out this guide, which troubleshoots errors commonly encountered by Brandeis' StoryMaps community. Also try Googling the problem (and be specific!). If you can't resolve the issue on your own, please email me or Alex Willett (Geospatial Librarian). Your email should be detailed: what's the error and when/how does it happen. Sending a screenshot is extremely helpful and will likely result a quick resolution! 

How do I include citations in my StoryMap? 
StoryMaps does not have an integrated citation manager, but that doesn't mean you should forgo citations. Some options for creating citations in StoryMaps are listed below. These are general suggestions and students should still consult with their instructor/teaching fellow.

Parenthetical in-text citations
Screenshot of an in-text citation in a StoryMap

Footnotes or endnotes
Type numbers and create an additional block where you list the corresponding citation information. This ESRI blog post describes more options: recommends copying and pasting subscript numbers from a word processor, or linking the footnote/endnote number to a citation. 

Add a block for your footnotes/endnotes and/or bibliography
Screenshot of a StoryMap bibliography

How do I cite geospatial data?
Here are some citation recommendations from ESRI. Students should verify citation requirements with their instructor/teaching fellow. 


How do I make my StoryMap citable/list it on my website?
Check out this blog post from ESRI. 


StoryMaps is primarily a visual platform. How can I improve accessibility for vision-impaired individuals?

  1. Add alt-text to your images. Alt-text is like a caption. It provides context for vision-impaired individuals, and can also be useful if there's a glitch and your media doesn't appear. Be as descriptive as possible!
  2. Consider adding audio clips if appropriate. Check out this example StoryMap, which shares audio clips of animals in the wild. That said -- if you add a video, consider adding captions for hearing-impaired individuals. 
  3. Review ESRI's suggestions for accessible storytelling, including how to choose easy-to-discern colors, alt-text, and more.