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ArcGIS StoryMaps (workshop)

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Task 4: Adding a web map to your story

A key element of the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform is its usefulness in enabling users to create location-based narratives that focus on a specific place (or places), illustrate spatial relationships, or show why geography matters for understanding a particular story. Users can add static map images, interactive web maps created in ArcGIS Online, or express maps created directly within the story builder. In this task, you’ll be adding web maps we've created for you in ArcGIS Online.


All of the text content you'll be adding in Task 4 is provided in the document linked below.


Task 4 Instructions

  1. Add the introductory text blocks to your story map, as noted in the Task 4 Content document. The remaining content in that document represents the text that will be added to the left panel on each of the sidecar slides. The instructions for adding the web maps in a sidecar are included below so you will need to toggle back and forth between these instructions and the content document. 
  2. Add a Sidecar block, and select Docked Panel for the layout.
  3. In the right panel of your first slide, click on the Add media dropdown, and then choose Add map.


Adding a map as sidecar media


  1. This will open a new page that shows maps available for you to add to your story map. Here you should see the copied web map you created in Task 1, titled CensusStoryMapWorkshop_yourname.#. Click on that map.


Choosing the map to add from your saved content


  1. This will open up an interface where you can adjust the way the map will appear in your sidecar. There are three menus available in the panel on the left.
  2. In the Map layers panel, you can toggle layers on and off using the eye symbol to the right of each layer name. For slide 1, the Franklin County Renter Percentage 2000 layer is already on because it is the topmost layer in the map.


Turning on the correct map layer in slide 1


  1. In the Map bookmarks panel, click on Franklin County to zoom in to the level of the bookmark present in the web map.


Zooming in on the map using a bookmark


  1. In the Options panel, toggle the Legend slider on. You will see a small legend button appear in the bottom left corner of the map.


Toggling on the map legend


  1. When you’ve completed these adjustments, click Place map.
  2. Click on the Options icon at the top of the map to add the alt text provided in the content document.
  3. In the left panel, add the text content provided for slide 1 of your sidecar.
  4. To add the next slide to your sidecar, click on the plus icon in the bottom right corner.
  5. Repeat the same steps you used for slide 1, including adding your map, clicking the Franklin County bookmark, toggling on the legend, adding alt text for your map, and adding your text content in the left panel.
    1. For the map on slide 2, make sure the Franklin County Renter Percentage 2010 layer is turned on, and the other two are turned off in the Map layers panel.
  6. Add the next slide to your sidecar, and then repeat the same steps used for the previous slides.
    1. For the map on slide 3, make sure the Franklin County Percent Change from 2000 to 2010 layer is turned on, and the other two are turned off in the Map layers panel.


Once you have finished adding your web map and other content to slide 3, scroll down until you see another blank story template where you will add more content blocks in Task 5.

Quick Tips

  1. Notice how the two headings you've added so far appear at the top of your story map, even as you scroll. Remember how we turned on the Navigation option in our Design settings earlier in this exercise? Enabling navigation is a good way to allow your readers to easily move back and forth between different sections of your story as needed.
  2. In this task, we added web maps created in ArcGIS Online to our story map. It's also possible to add interactive maps directly within the story builder. These are called express maps, and you can learn more about them here.

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