Story Map

APTA Story Map Amplifies Advocacy Message

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) asked Blue Raster to create a story map to spread their message. According to APTA, public transit saw its highest ridership in 58 years at 10.8 billion trips, but the current federal funding bill is set to expire on May 31, 2015. Although a long-term transportation bill is supported by the transportation industry in near unanimity, APTA wanted…  Read More

New Release of REL Midwest EdMaps

Blue Raster is pleased to announce a new release of the REL Midwest’s EdMaps, an interactive web mapping application that helps education stakeholders think spatially about education issues affecting their communities. Initially launched in January 2014, EdMaps enables users to visualize and analyze complex, geographically linked education data through easy-to-use story maps. The updated application features…  Read More

Mapping Education and Demographic Trends with MapED

The Census Mapping program at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) – U.S. Department of Education has just released MapED, a new online mapping platform developed by Blue Raster and partner, Sanametrix, to visualize education and census data across the country. The platform unites NCES and CENSUS datasets with GIS mapping capabilities. The general public…  Read More

Global Forest Watch Fires Story Map – An Inside Look

Global Forest Watch (GFW) recently launched a new story map highlighting the functionality behind GFW Fires, an online platform for monitoring and responding to fires in Southeast Asia. The story map walks users through the platform and explains its growing role in the fight against land and forest fires. Created using ArcGIS Online and the Map Journal Builder, the story…  Read More

Smithsonian Story Map – Tradition & Art of Living China

The second in a series of story maps for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Tradition and the Art of Living China highlights the culture bearers appearing at the 2014 Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. Built by Blue Raster and Cricket Media, the map allows users to experience the artistry and heritage of those keeping China’s…  Read More

Smithsonian’s Virtual Field Trip around the Globe‏

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Cricket Media, an education media company and global learning network, recently invited kids from around the world to identify and interview people who exemplify important traditions in their communities, then asked them to document and present their stories. Cricket Media and Blue Raster created the Traditions…  Read More

REL EdMaps Helps Analyze School Data in the Midwest

How has poverty changed in the Midwest region since 2000? This question as well as others related to education priorities in the Midwest can be answered with the REL Midwest’s newly launched EdMaps. EdMaps is a mapping application that displays educational data as “story maps” with the focus of building knowledge across the REL’s four…  Read More

Story Map for Amnesty International – “Will I Be Next?”

Using the Esri Geoblog template, Blue Raster helped Amnesty International  create the “Will I Be Next?” story map on the drone strikes in Pakistan. The map uses data collected by Amnesty International and displays it from an on-the-ground perspective via videos, images, and stories. Users can scroll through a journal of stories, as well as view positions of witnesses on the map.…  Read More

Enhancing Press Releases with Interactive Story Maps

You can find press releases everywhere.  To increase the effect of an online press release, Blue Raster recommends including a story map, visually demonstrating the message with an approachable visual aid.  Here is a recent example of enhancing a text-only announcement with the power of a story map. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released, Census Bureau…  Read More

World Bank Georesults: Interactive Maps for Project Storytelling

Blue Raster and the World Bank Institute teamed up to create Georesults, an online mapping tool that allows users to learn about World Bank projects from an on-the-ground perspective via images, videos, and stories. With this innovative tool, World Bank staff are able to document, contextualize, and share development solutions via interactive multimedia, an accessible…  Read More


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