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Launch a Story Map Series at a specific entry

Story Map Series is a very useful story map template, ideal for presenting a series of maps and media sequentially using several different layout options: tabs, numbered bullets, or an expandable side accordion. Examples include Protecting Idaho’s Waters, Fast Food Nation, and many more found on the Story Map Series gallery.

About Map Series entries

By default a Map Series opens to the first bullet, tab, or accordion, and provides sequential access to a series of other entries. When using the bulleted or side accordion layout, the entry is numbered. When using the tabbed layout option the entry is not numbered, but is ordered from left to right starting at entry one. The examples shown below all have the third entry active:

Share a Map Series at a specific entry

To open a Map Series at a specific entry, add &entry=<num> to the end of the story map URL, where num is the entry number that you want the Map Series to open with.

For example, the following URL will open a Map Series using the bulleted layout at the beginning (entry 1):

To open the Map Series at the 5th entry, use the following URL (note the entry number appended):

The following opens a Map Series using the tabbed layout at the 5th entry (the Protecting People tab):

The following opens a Map Series using the side accordion layout at the 3rd entry:

More information

This post was originally published April 13, 205, and has been updated.


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