Interactive Map

 

Interactive map mashups… have become a standard way to tell a geographic story on the web. A mashup is an application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool.

 

Examples:

 

The pros:
-See 7 innovative online maps
-Gulf Oil Spill Crisis Response

 

Some students:
Cross Keys Development
Philly Parkour Hot Spots
Saving in Glassboro

 

Requirements for Assignment:
-Pick a geographic story that is appropriate for your topic. Your goal is to tell a story in which location or geography is key.
-Create your own map with place markers, lines, or shapes. You have to decide how many.
-Write descriptions and reviews, embed links, and post photos or videos for your place markers, lines, or shapes where it is appropriate.
-Combine your original information with third-party content if it helps tell your story.
-Your story does not have to be linear, but it should make sense for the user where ever they begin.
-Embed your map on your blog. You can make it an individual post or a separate page.
-All content must be created by you (ie photos, videos, etc) or Creative Commons.

 

Tools and Technology:
Google Maps is a free mapping service from Google

 

Tutorials:
3 minute intro to GoogleMyMaps (video)
How do I embed a Google Map on WordPress.com? (see Exercise 11)
11 Google Map exercises


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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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