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Culminating Project Title

Storytelling Maps Classification

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Geography - Geographic Information Science: M.S.


Geography and Planning


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Mikhail Blinnikov

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Torguson

Third Advisor

Plamen Miltenoff

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

interactive maps, storytelling maps, cartographic APIs, web development, web cartography, data journalism


Interactive maps play an increasingly important part in various fields including journalism, education, traveling, and entertainment, among others. Interactive maps require interactive user engagement. The scope of this interaction can vary from the basic mouse scroll to the complex logical sequence of steps including extensive toolboxes. One of the major applications of interactive maps is in storytelling. A map serves as a powerful tool to tell a story and modern technologies make this tool flexible and potent.

This research seeks to analyze and compare cartographic JavaScript APIs and libraries, and to classify storytelling maps with a concentration on ‘path visualization’ type of maps and their technical implementation with an extensive review regarding the function of maps-related API/libraries work under the hood and their improvement. Additional material to this work, a web platform, demonstrates an example of each class and subclass of the classification. The proposed classification has been evaluated by reviewers working with interactive storytelling maps.

The web platform provides examples discussed in this work. The main chapter always references this platform, therefore readers have to adopt the web platform as an essential part of this work during reading:



Conference abstract that is partially based on the research represented in the culminating project: AAG Annual Meeting, April 2021.