Welcome back to the second installation of our Story Map Competition blog. If you’ve missed them, have a look at my previous blog on the origins of the competition and a discussion of some of our notable entries.
Our silver prize winner
In 2nd place we have Significant UK Offshore Discoveries and Fields by Simon Kettle.
This map journal aims to take us some of the most significant oil fields in the United Kingdom. The significance is based on historical importance, reserves, events and technical accomplishments.
What set it apart?
Simon’s take on story mapping was not only a very detailed and interesting story about the history of the O&G industry, but a discovery of several of the lesser used functions within the story map that were great to see in action.
I’ll give you some examples
Other than links to external websites embedded within the text of the story map, there are also some more interesting features which have enriched the content of the presentation.
1. Main stage actions
These allow you to (within sections themselves, rather than when you change sections) direct the user with a hyperlink to a:
• Custom location
• Custom map configuration
• Custom popup
Which when used correctly, can allow a “choose how deep you take the adventure” style of functionality, so you can find further information within the story if you want to. In the below example I’ve clicked on the Newsham gas field and the map window shows a custom pop-up of the field. You can also set it to zoom to the feature is you want. Pretty neat!
2. Media embedded into the side panel
This Story Map has taken a wide range of sources from the web and compiled them into the map, such as PDFs, Images and Youtube videos.
These elements together make for a very feature rich and interesting story.
The next chapter
In our next blog, which will be published later this week, we’ll take a look at the first place prize winner…
Posted by Dean Moiler, GIS Consultant, Exprodat.