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ArcGIS StoryMaps (workshop)

Learn more about using ArcGIS StoryMaps in your research and teaching at Ohio State

Welcome to Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching

Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broader audience? Want to give your students an opportunity to engage with spatial thinking and work on an exciting digital project? ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to weave an inspiring and interactive narrative by combining text, maps, and multimedia content – images, videos, and embeds – to communicate information through engaging and user-friendly web mapping applications.


Through completing this online workshop, you will:

  1. Explore ArcGIS StoryMaps albums to learn from examples spanning a wide range of topics
  2. Build a story map to illustrate a possible use case in research and teaching
  3. Brainstorm possibilities for creating a story map or assignment related to your own research or teaching interests
  4. Locate and access additional resources to support continued learning for ArcGIS StoryMaps


This self-paced, 100% online workshop should take approximately 90 minutes to complete and is aimed at supporting the work of Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from all disciplines.


To get started, let's explore some existing stories for inspiration.

Credits & Contact Information

Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching was developed through a collaboration between the University Libraries and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, by:


  • Joshua Sadvari, Assistant Professor, Geospatial Information Librarian, University Libraries
  • Katie Phillips, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis


If you have any questions as you work through this online learning activity, please email Josh and Katie at:

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