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ArcGIS StoryMaps Workshop Now Available Online

During the spring semester, Katie Phillips (Outreach Coordinator, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis) and I have been working together to develop a workshop introducing Ohio State faculty, staff, and students to the possible uses of the new ArcGIS StoryMaps platform for research and teaching. We originally intended to offer this as an in-person session on March 31, but like many others across the university, have transitioned to instead provide an online learning opportunity.

Since all of this content is now available online, we wanted to open it up to anyone who might be interested in completing (or reusing) the exercise. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The workshop is now intended as an asynchronous online exercise that can be completed at your own pace. We expect the exercise will take most people about an hour to complete. All of the content is accessible in BuckeyeBox here: The theme of the workshop story map is the U.S. Census, and a completed version is available here for reference.
  2.  In BuckeyeBox, the ArcGIS StoryMaps Exercise folder contains the exercise instructions and all of the content you’ll be adding to your story map. Start with the StoryMaps_Exercise_20200331 document. The other files are referenced in the appropriate task within the exercise instructions. All of the files are available for download.
  3. The Additional Resources folder contains documents that may be useful for planning your own projects and assignments, along with a list of links to other available resources and relevant online training.
  4. We intend to keep these materials publicly available on BuckeyeBox and ArcGIS Online, until at least August 31, 2020If you are an instructor looking for an asynchronous activity to assign to your students as part of the spring semester online transition (and possibly beyond), please feel free to reuse this activity as is or to modify it to best fit your course needs. The exercise instructions and task content files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. If you would like to reuse this activity and have any questions before doing so, please contact me at
  5. For all Ohio State affiliates, task 1 in the exercise will walk you through the process of creating/signing in to an ArcGIS Online organizational account tied to your OSU name.# and password. For anyone not affiliated with OSU, you should be able to work through the exercise in its entirety if you have an ArcGIS Online organizational account through your place of work. If you are not an OSU affiliate and you are also not part of another ArcGIS Online organization, you should be able to complete most of the activity (with the exception of a few steps related to adding specific types of content) using an ArcGIS Online public account, which you can create here:
  6. If you encounter any issues or have any questions as you work through this activity, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katie ( and myself ( If after the exercise, you would like to speak more about using ArcGIS StoryMaps for your own projects, please let us know how we can help. We’re both available for virtual consultations and would look forward to hearing from you!

GIS for the Rest of Us (Workshop)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized our ability to visualize and display information connected to locations. Whether you have used Google’s free tools to find aerial photos of your neighborhood, have searched for a friend’s address using the county auditor’s website, or researched the likelihood of your business flooding during a major storm event, GIS tools are at work. This half-day workshop is designed for:

– Researchers from All Disciplines New to GIS
– K-12 Educators
– Informal Educators
– Members of the Non-Profit Community
– Community Members Who Want to Learn More

A team of instructors will provide an overview of GIS and mapping tools from Google, Esri, and Tableau and showcase examples of how GIS can be used for research and education. Breakout sessions will provide training for various levels of experience. Participants are highly encouraged to bring their own devices.

Direct questions to Josh Sadvari at or 614-292-5828. This program is offered through a partnership between the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and the University Libraries at The Ohio State University.

GIS Day 2017 A Success!

Last Wednesday, we hosted GIS Day, an annual worldwide celebration of the power of geospatial data, analysis, and visualization for problem-solving across a broad spectrum of research domains. This is a really enjoyable event (one of my favorites that we host in the Research Commons), and I’m always impressed by the great work that is being done across campus and the wider community of Central Ohio.

This year’s event consisted of a couple of hands-on workshops covering the very basics of ArcGIS Online, a series of lightning talks over lunch showcasing the multidisciplinary applications of GIS (see here for a full list of presentation topics and speaker affiliations), and an exhibits fair highlighting various Libraries’ map collections and GIS resources across campus.

Thanks to all those who attended, presented, or participated in the exhibits fair, and a special thanks to the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and OSU’s Enterprise GIS for co-sponsoring the event.

If you’re like me and just can’t get enough GIS, then don’t miss our last GIS workshop of the fall semester:

Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online (Nov. 29, 4pm) – RSVP here.

Center for Open Science Workshop: Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research

There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work. Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. Topics covered will include:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-Analysis plans
  • Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow

This workshop is aimed at graduate students and postdocs, across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

Who: OSU Faculty, Graduates and Postdocs
When: Tuesday, October 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

CURA Spearheads ArcGIS Online Access for Ohio State

This spring, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) spearheaded a technology upgrade that now allows Ohio State affiliates to access ArcGIS Online using their OSU login credentials. Allowing for single sign-on to ArcGIS Online is a potential game changer for advancing GIS collaborations in research and teaching at Ohio State – a very big and well-deserved thank you to CURA for leading this effort!

So what’s so special about ArcGIS Online? ArcGIS Online is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. It’s a powerful tool for beginners and more advanced users alike to be able to analyze and visualize geographic information and then to make it accessible to a wider audience via the web. Users can access data from the many data sets hosted by ArcGIS Online, upload their own data, and create groups within the system to collaborate on projects or create assignments for their students.

Having organizational access with your OSU login credentials greatly expands the type of work that can be done in ArcGIS Online compared to a standard public account. ArcGIS Online also integrates nicely with ArcGIS Desktop (available to OSU affiliates via a site license) making it easier for users to work across platforms. CURA has put together a useful guide for accessing ArcGIS Online with your OSU account, including more information about signing up, training resources, and FAQs:

FAES Exhibit Map

This tabbed Story Map was created using ArcGIS Online for the “Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library” exhibit (click here to visit the map). The physical exhibit runs from Feb. 1 to May 14, 2017 in the Thompson Library Gallery.

For those of you interested in learning more about accessing and using ArcGIS Online, we’ll be partnering with CURA to host a workshop in the Research Commons on March 22 called “Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online.” Learn more and register here:

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