Esri brings powerful map technology to everyone with new storytelling tool

Capturing and sharing life experiences today often requires multiple platforms and tools, which can lead to uncoordinated storytelling. To meet the needs of creators to control dynamic, interactive storytelling in one place, Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today launched StoryMaps, a powerful and personalized storytelling tool. The product extends Esri’s creativity to anyone who wants to tell and share their stories.

Using Esri’s mapping technology, this new software brings a geographic approach to any passionate content creator. From documenting your ancestors’ journey to capturing aspects of everyday life or planning a great post-pandemic trip, StoryMaps helps you collect life’s moments worth those experiences.

“At Esri, we understand that sharing stories is part of life, and that everyone is a story teller,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “Every moment and memory we cherish is linked to a specific location, so we are facilitating the transport of people anywhere in the world through richer narratives.”

Esri allows authors to control their narratives with built-in privacy to protect data and automatic ownership of content, and to create them in versatile ways that reflect their own experiences. Creatively combine text and multimedia such as photos, videos, audio, and links to easily share your personal experiences, hobbies, family history, assets, portfolios, travel and more.

The National Geographic Society (NGS), which has illuminated and protected the world for more than 130 years through science, exploration, education, and storytelling, partners with Esri to bring StoryMaps to its members.

“The National Geographic Society has an enduring legacy of storytelling, and they remain central to our missionary work today as we increase our understanding of the planet and each other,” said Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO of National Geographic. “Our partnership with Esri enriches this legacy by enabling our members to share their unique stories and experiences through this innovative geospatial tool.”

Esri StoryMaps is designed to enable people with diverse digital skills to create customized content without the need for mapping or web design experience. StoryMaps allows authors to:

  • Build a story in one place. Create versatile stories of any length using our resources (text, images, videos, audio, etc.) or take advantage of Unsplash with ready-to-use images.
  • Post your story and share it with any audience. Create a private magazine, create an unlisted shareable link to family and friends, or post to all popular social media platforms. Authors can also include stories on websites and blogs.
  • Add custom interactive maps. Take your readers on your journey by adding a map with images and pop-ups, or create a themed map to visualize directions.
  • Incorporate attractive features. Display any content in different ways with flexible components including timeline, gallery, scroll and quotes. All content can be organized into groups that act like folders.
  • Customize the appearance. Choose from the included themes or customize a design with different font, color, and layout options.
  • Keep them informed. Easily update and publish stories with new features and functionality every two weeks. Future features will include geolocation ready data provided by wearable devices to display your most recent outdoor activities.

A free basic plan is available with basic storytelling features to ensure that all creators have access at all times. When new users sign up, they get free access to premium features with advanced storytelling functionality for the first 30 days. After that, they can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription to Premium StoryMaps for $10 or $100, respectively, or go back to the basic free storytelling option.

To explore StoryMaps, read stories and get started, visit storymaps.com.

About Esri

Esri—the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS), location intelligence, and mapping software—helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business outcomes. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, Esri has implemented its programs in more than 350,000 organizations in all regions of the world, and in more than 200,000 organizations in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 corporations, government corporations, nonprofits, and universities . Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners that provide local support in more than 100 countries on six continents. In line with its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri designs the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Find information about the company at esri.com.

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Contact:

Jo Ann Pruchniewski

Esri Public Relations

Cell: 301-693-2643

email: jpruchniewski@esri.com

source: work wire

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