Using Esri's Story Maps to Map out Team USA!

Here you see the first slide of my Esri Story Map for Team USA.

Here you see the first slide of my Esri Story Map for Team USA.

As the first month of 2018 comes to a close, the sporting eyes of the world turn to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. I wanted to be able to show where members of Team USA come from so we can take pride in the athletes who hail from different regions of the USA and beyond. I figured the best way to do that was to create a Story Map from Esri. I'll walk you through the easy process of creating the Story Map, and you'll be able to see my finished map at the bottom of this blog post.

To start, log in to your Esri account online.

You can also go to to access the storymap templates.

Select a template from the Story Map window (I selected the "Map Tour" template), and then you will choose where you are getting your images from (Flickr, YouTube, Picasa, etc; or if you need to upload images).

After that, you need to create a Layer Name for your map. I chose "Team USA Athlete Story Map" for mine. Then click "Create the layer".

Now you should be seeing a blank map canvas that looks like this...

Here is a blank story map that is ready to be edited.

Here is a blank story map that is ready to be edited.

Once you have created the blank story map, you are ready to input all the data that you wish to. In order to add data, you click the "Add" button at the bottom of the map. Once you click the "Add" button, a window appears that is titled "Add a new tour point". In order to add a point, you must add "Media" (athlete picture), "Information" (athlete biography), and finally "Location". This can be the most difficult part of assembling your Story Map, but I was fortunate enough to find athlete information (picture, bio, hometown) on the Team USA website. Once you finish adding all of the data that you want to add, you can adjust the basemap, and color of your points on the map.

After you have got your data entered, your basemap chosen, and your points to where you like them, you are now ready to share your newly created Story Map!

Here's a link to the Team USA team members Story Map that I created!

If you have any questions about Esri's Story Map application, or about my Team USA Story Map, please don't hesitate to contact us at 877-377-8124, and we'll be happy to help.

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