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Public History & GIS: What is GIS?

What is GIS?

GIS stands for Geographic Information System. A GIS is a computer system for the management, analysis, and display of geographic data.

Benefits of an Online Map

Online maps are dynamic!  What makes them so great?

  • You can ask it questions—can’t do that with paper maps
  • You can do analysis and comparisons, either spatial or temporal
  • Easy layering
  • Easy projection and changes of projection
  • Change scale, features, colors, symbols and the way data is classified

Steps to Creating a Story Map

The following steps are adapted form Esri's Story Map website. For more details visit this website:

  1. Get ideas! Get Inspired!
  2. Decide what story you want to tell.
  3. Choose a Story Map application template.
  4. Assemble your content.
  5. Follow the instructions for the app you chose.
  6. Refine your story.
  7. Publish your story.

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Eileen Harrington
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9636 Gudelsky Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850