story maps

5 online options for creating interactive presentations and other map stories

Attention student, professional or simply creative freelance, if you have a story to tell and think that on a map you can express it better than in a boring presentation with conventional slides, the following options will be extremely useful. The essence remains in all those presented: A configurable map, facilities to locate specific points in various regions, different options to control any multimedia display at such marked points and more than clear sharing functions. By the way, several of the tools we had previously reviewed in Wwwhatsnew especially with the help of the recommendations of the specialists of Maps Mana.

Story Maps

An advanced tool that allows organizing and presenting information through interactive maps together with different multimedia channels: photos, statistical graphics, special infographic-like visualizations, data captured from spreadsheets as well as other sources, and features allowed by ESRI resources, the popular mapping software firm that brings it to life.


A specialized option to create stories and presentations viewable from mobile devices. The idea is to create custom maps and mark certain points of interest and then enrich them with text, video, forms, links, images and sounds. Of course, being designed for mobile phones also makes it easier to share the results, so that QR codes and quick links, in addition to embedding on websites, will be available to anyone.

Story Maps JS

To create stories about giant maps and photographs. You need a Google Drive account to use it when importing content and to log in. It allows you to include content from third-party services (YouTube, Soundcloud, Flickr, etc.), modify the appearance of the maps, change the font, work collaboratively and share the results on social networks and / or embed them.


An open source project, created by the CartoDB people, perfect for telling personal travel stories or for taking advantage of academic creations. It has specialized templates, material from third parties (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), compatibility with Markdown, functions to include audios and a comfortable slide editor where you can choose the content of each one and the coordinates of the map in which will unfold.


Finally we have MapStory, an option to display personalized and organized data responding to a specific chronological order. The idea is to use an ever-present timeline in which segments will be occupied within chosen locations on the maps, then the tool will take care of the automatic transitions and the publication with presentation-type controls.