By Guy Beels
Hi from Washington DC! I’m a cartographer/geographer by training and am the volunteer leader of the monthly MapStory “data scrum” in Washington DC where we talk about MapStory projects and help each other develop data we need to tell our stories. I’m the one standing up in the red shirt in the picture below
On Saturday we had a great gathering at the DC Martin Luther King Jr. Library. A big thanks goes to Karl Phillips, who led the group in mapping out how DC’s city boundaries have changed over more than 200 years. Here’s the StoryLayer we made that you can now use to power any of your own MapStories about historic DC!
Throughout, we had a free-flowing discussion about data sources, data types, a demo of how layers are uploaded to MapStory (and how they get arranged within a story), and ideas for MapStory projects to work on about Washington DC history that we’re excited to tackle in coming months.
Like any good party, it ended only when we were kicked out (that is, the library closed). So, we went around the corner to find some beverages and tell more stories.
We’re looking forward to the next meetup, to be held in about a month, again at the MLK Library. I’ll be in touch about the details, for those of you in DC. In the meantime, please post any ideas for meetup topics, either for next time or over the coming months, on the MeetUp group page. If you have a project (in progress or just in mind) and you’d like some help, post that on the MeetUp group as well, Tweet it out with #mapstory, or list in on the MapStory Wiki.
Thanks all for coming, and if you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time!