ArcGIS StoryMaps

Elevate your storytelling: Integrating multiple apps in ArcGIS StoryMaps

ArcGIS StoryMaps combines maps, multimedia content, and narrative text within a single app so you can create immersive stories. It serves as a canvas for storytelling, but ArcGIS StoryMaps also seamlessly integrates with other ArcGIS apps to incorporate diverse data sources, providing opportunities for your audience to interact more with your story.  

In this blog, you’ll learn more about how you can take your stories to the next level with ArcGIS apps. I’ll also provide some examples of stories to show how people have used ArcGIS apps in ArcGIS StoryMaps. 


Bridging Surveys and Stories  

ArcGIS Survey123 is used to manage, view, and analyze data. Whether you’re collecting field data or gathering information from your community, embedding a survey allows your audience to interact with and respond to questions right in your story.  



A great example is Share your EarthPlaces. This story invites the audience to participate by sharing their favorite places around the world. All you have to do is embed the survey directly into your story, and your reader can fill out the survey without leaving the page. Once submitted, the survey response is added to the globe as a pinpoint on the map tour. This creates a great collaborative way to collect data all in one story.  


Insights into your stories 

Next on our list is ArcGIS Insights, which combines data visualization and analysis to help with your decision-making. When you embed your maps, charts, or tables into your story, you give your readers access to your data, exploring patterns and trends right in the narrative. Another good example is Where do they go? This story explores bird migration and populations with ArcGIS Insights. Throughout the story, the author provides valuable context related to migration patterns by using interactive data visualizations with maps of bird populations and graphs of survey counts throughout the years. 


Dashboards and collecting data 

ArcGIS Dashboards is another app storytellers have been able to integrate into their stories. Shade Equity in LA is an example showing how a dashboard can provide all kinds of data and interactive widgets from a single page. The dashboard in this story displays the existing tree canopy and the potential trees that can be planted in certain parts of Los Angeles to create a greener and more equitable environment. 



Dashboards also integrate Survey123 to collect data from the neighborhood related to the number of trees and what shade conditions are like around the city and record this as a map tour point within the story. 



A bonus example to show off some great ArcGIS Dashboards is with Divots & Dashboards. This story combines golfing and data-driven insights all in one! Not only does the story include dashboards, it also takes advantage of using ArcGIS QuickCapture. With ArcGIS QuickCapture, you can easily select a template or ArcGIS feature layers to configure your first data collection project in the designer and customize buttons, attributes, and actions without writing a single line of code! The author used ArcGIS QuickCapture to collect their data like the location of each swing the author took on the course, the clubs they chose, and how many shots were taken throughout the 18 holes.  


Adding Instant Apps

For our final integration of ArcGIS Apps into your stories, we have ArcGIS Instant Apps. You can utilize Instant Apps to share your maps and provide your audience with an intuitive experience to engage with your data and maps with a gallery of modernized no-code app templates to customize your app. Instant Apps offer greater flexibility and customization to specific workflows, like with The air we breathe, where the author integrates their maps into their story seamlessly to demonstrate air quality throughout the United States. The customized popups and templates used help the audience understand the data in a clear and straightforward way. 



By combining ArcGIS Apps in your stories you can transform your narrative into interactive and dynamic experiences, giving your audience a deeper understanding of your data and applications. Creating a more engaging story is only a few steps away, and adding your ArcGIS Apps will take your storytelling to the next level! We can’t wait to see what you create.  

To check out more examples, here’s a collection of some stories using ArcGIS Apps in their stories. 

About the author

From a travel blogger turned GIS professional, Ashley Du (she/her) has been an advocate for helping folks build their network and growing as a professional. She specializes in her GIS work around environmental justice and projects around GIS for equity and social justice. Du also co-founded and leads, Ecos, the sustainability employee resource group at Esri. She believes learning about the world and different cultures is an important way to grow personally and professionally.

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