Visualizing One Irishwoman’s Experience of the American Civil War Using StoryMap JS

As most of you are aware by now, I am constantly looking at new techniques to visualize the Irish experience of the American Civil War. My latest foray into this area has been with StoryMap JS, a free tool developed by Knightlab at Northwestern University. StoryMap is designed to allow you to tell stories with maps, facilitating the integration of multimedia such as images, Wikipedia entries, videos and audio clips into the storyline. At the suggestion of Shawn Day (thanks Shawn for pointing me in its direction!) I have used StoryMap to examine one individuals experience of the American Civil War. It concentrates on Sarah Jane Cochrane of Limavady, Co. Londonderry. You can see her StoryMap by clicking here or on the image below. It works in a similar fashion to a slideshow, so when you are finished with a page click on the right or left arrow to advance or move back in the storyline. Let me know what you think!

Sarah Jane Cochran: Irish Pensioner of the American Civil War (StoryMap)

Sarah Jane Cochran: Irish Pensioner of the American Civil War (StoryMap)

About these ads

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Categories: Derry, Media, Research

Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

Follow Irish in the American Civil War

Follow Irish in the American Civil War via Social Media

2 Comments on “Visualizing One Irishwoman’s Experience of the American Civil War Using StoryMap JS”

  1. John A McCarthy
    June 22, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    I think this format is great. However once it got to the page with the National Park Service video the right arrow disappeared and I could not continue. I did enjoy the part which I was able to view.
    I have been looking at your site for over a year and enjoy it very much.
    Thank you.
    John McCarthy

    • June 22, 2014 at 9:44 am #

      Hi John,

      Thanks I really appreciate that! I think it can be browser sensitive as it is still in testing, so trying it with a different browser might resolve the problem. That is the one drawback of these brand new tools.

      Kind Regards,

      Damian.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,356 other followers

%d bloggers like this: