Story Maps

Joe and I were able to meet yesterday, and I felt that even though we only did a little bit, we made pretty good progress. Our website officially has an “About” page and a page for the interviews. In fact, Joe was able to upload some of his interviews that he’s already had. I’m still waiting to record mine, but I’m excited to see what it will look like when we have them all uploaded.

To add to that, I received confirmation from the student at Job Corps in Iowa saying that he will be home this weekend to interview with me. I don’t know what time, yet, but hopefully our plans so far will remain secured.

On another page, I realized that for my intentions with the story map, it would be more useful to use StoryMapJS instead of ArcGIS. While ArcGIS gives the user access to go where he or she pleases and to read the information in any order, StoryMapJS creates a more structured slideshow. ArcGIS is still my go-to site for the language map, since the information is less specific and the order doesn’t matter. However, for the map of places that are important for the Congolese population, I found it useful to begin with DRC and then take the user on a trip around Kirksville and then to Milan. Chronologically, the immigrants began in DRC and then travelled to this area. Plus, it’s much easier to show details specific places with StoryMapJS. When I make my language map, the marked areas will be much larger, so it won’t be necessary to pinpoint specific towns or streets.

In the next few days, I plan to edit the Story Map and to move forward with my language map on ArcGIS. I also still need to do more in-depth research on the Diversity Visa. Until later!

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