A story map is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer to help users provide a narrative of elements or a topic through a story. By identifying story characters, plot, setting, problem and solution, users can carefully display the details of the narrative. There are many different types of stories that can be geographically organized and easily understood by utilizing the story map graphic organizer provide by Esri. These interactive applications are designed to assist users and researchers in prewriting and post-reading activities. The organizers are intended to focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development. Users can develop their own narratives from this data, or they may reflect on the narratives provided regarding the people, places, and companies directly affected by and involved in national freight transit and/or national freight economy. Users have the ability to print out their final versions for feedback and assessment. The versatility of this tool allows it to be used in multiple contexts and updated as more information and data comes available.
About This Project
This project is a combined effort of The Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Project at the University of Minnesota (TPEC), Esri, and The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at Claremont Graduate University. A majority of the funding for this project was provided by BNSF.