As Digital Research Studio Fellows, we work on various projects, often creating digital demos that showcase different features in the tools supported by the DH@CC team. These presentations are used in classes to give the students and participants an idea of how to use different tools to present their work. This spring, we wanted to create a story map using different tools but for the same dataset. Our goal was to present the same story with different approaches and perspectives.
A story map is a great visual way of telling a story using a location. In order to create demo projects that showcase the narrative potential of particular platforms, we first brainstormed different topics to research such as civil revolutions, biopics of well-known people in history, human rights movements, and women rights. Since we started our project towards the end of February, and March is Women’s History Month, we decided to focus on topics related to women. The Forbes Magazine article “The World’s Top 50 Women In Tech” drew our attention and we thought that it is a perfect fit to tell a story in honor of Women’s History Month.
StoryMapJS and ESRI’s StoryMaps were the two tools used in this project and the data of 50 women mentioned in the Forbes’ article was used. Out of 50 women, we focused on 11 women from different parts of the world and from different sectors within the tech industry. StoryMapJS has a basic template which supports audio, video, text data while ESRI’s StoryMaps offers a wide range of templates and also supports audio, video, text and map layers.
Indu Shrestha is an M.A. candidate at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) with a concentration in Data Science and Analytics. Sarah Osailan is a Ph.D. candidate at CGU in IS&T focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Data, and Text Mining.
H/T to Dr. Jenny Kreiger at the University of Oregon for inspiring us to create digital demos.