Spotlight on StoryScape: A Celebration of Storytelling with Maps

For over a decade, scientists, students, GIS professionals, and organizations of all sizes have created more than 2.9 million stories with Esri’s storytelling products. Storytellers from around the world—representing organizations including the National Geographic Society, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution—are producing impactful, place-based stories that communicate important causes, share instructional materials, underscore successes, and more.

The feature story of a recent StoryScape issue, showing the headline “The secret life of bridges,” along with a description of the story, all placed on a background of a map of the United States with all its bridges highlighted in blue
Each issue highlights a story on a relevant topic.

To celebrate these exceptional stories and the remarkable storytellers behind them, last year Esri launched StoryScape, a monthly digital magazine that highlights excellence in storytelling using dynamic ArcGIS content. Built into the ArcGIS StoryMaps website, the StoryScape home page features the month’s current themed issue and includes links to past editions. Each issue comprises a featured story; a storyteller profile; additional theme-related stories; and bonus materials such as blog posts, 3D scenes, and dashboards.

Recent themes featured in StoryScape include the following:

One goal of StoryScape is to motivate people to create their own stories or, if they’re already using ArcGIS StoryMaps, to experiment with new storytelling techniques and narrative devices. To get inspired, check out the latest issue and subscribe to the ArcGIS StoryMaps newsletter.