Back to the Bundu: A Story Map

Back to the Bundu: A Story MapOutdoor/adventure/travel writing doesn’t pay the bills. Hardly. At least not for me.

My “real” job is that of GIS, Science, and Geodesign Evangelist at Esri.  As the title implies, one of my broad areas of responsibility is getting the word out about the value of geographic information system (GIS) technology.  And the recent advent of Story Maps has made this a lot easier.

Allen Carroll left National Geographic and joined Esri two or three years ago and immediately embarked on a mission to make it easier to tell stories with maps.  The result: Story Maps.

What are Story Maps?  “Story Maps combine intelligent Web maps with Web applications and templates that incorporate text, multimedia, and interactive functions. Story Maps inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics.”  You can see some great examples here.

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to think of new applications for Story Maps, and it’s very easy to see to overlap between my work in technology and my passion for the outdoors.  I have a number of ideas in mind, which I will prototype and share on this blog over the coming months.

The first example I shared was Flatwater Kayaking Story Map, which showcased of 60+ paddle-powered adventures across California, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Now I’m sharing another Story Map: Back to the Bundu, illustrating the book I wrote about my time in Botswana’s Tuli Wilderness earlier this year.  Enjoy!

Back to the Bundu


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