Thursday, May 24, 2012
Telling Stories with Google Maps
Meograph is an interesting new narrative tool for telling stories with the Google Earth browser plug-in and Google Maps.
The application is currently in beta testing (you can apply for beta testing access). However, even if you can't yet create your own Meographs yet, you can browse the demo stories already created.
A good example is the Meograph created to explore the Trayvon Martin shooting. The demo uses the Google Earth plug-in to show the locations in the case and includes a narrated explanation of the story and embedded photographs and YouTube videos.
Meograph stories include playback controls to pause, rewind and fast forward the narrative, "More context" buttons to explore more details about any element of the narrative and options to view the locations with Google Maps rather than the default Google Earth view.