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M02-4: Creating your own web map for a story map journal

:-? Visit ESRI story maps, login and select “Build a map journal” in order to be redirected to the editor. Create a new map by clicking Story Maps > ArcGIS-Online > My Content > Create “New Map” in the upper left of your screen and follow the instructions. After that, you can create your own Web Map by accessing the Editor through MapViewer > Editor. This is visualized in the following illustration.

You can do the following in the Editor:

  • Base map (A) allows you to select the base map for your own map.
  • To select the appropriate area of the map to work in, you can use the Address or Location search box (B) at the top right of the screen or manually select it using your mouse. The entire world map is available to you throughout the entire process.
  • Insert (C) allows you to place layers and position notes on the map. Click “Find layer” for a list of different layers to place on your map. For a wide selection of layers, select ArcGIS Online or ESRI Maps as the location to search for layers under “Find layer”. Here you will find everything from topographic layers to maps of public transport networks. Click “Details” to manage layers (see below). Notes or graphs can supplement your map; use “Add map notes” to choose from a series of icons in “Map notes”: pins, lines, basic shapes and other polygons. Once a note is placed on the map, you can rename it or give it a description as well as assign it an image. Notes can be edited with the “Edit” tool.
  • With Directions (D) and Measurement (E) you can place routes and distance/surface measurements on the map. These can also be exported as layers.
  • Finally, the Details (F) function allows us to manage each layer and note added to the map. These are listed under “Content” and toggling the check box shows and removes them. Hovering the mouse pointer over an individual layer of content reveals a small triangle; clicking this triangle opens a menu that primarily allows us to adjust the layer’s transparency, i.e. how visible it is compared to other layers. We can also adjust the zoom factor at which various objects appear visible on the map under the “Visibility” section. This content can later be viewed in the Story Map Journal, if the map was created as a Web Map and the layers are properly configured (see above) – of course the map has to be saved before it can be used.
  • Publish (G): CAUTION - in order to be used and display later, every map must be manually published. This mainly has to do with the usage rights associated with maps; maps from ArcGIS Online are freely available, for example. If you choose to use external web maps or layers, be sure to scrutinize the usage and publication rights before you publish.
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