A World Cup of Story Maps

June 13, 2014 Paul Heersink

Olé, olé, olé! The World Cup is about to start and to get you warmed up Esri has put together a number of story maps about the 32-day tournament, predicted to be the most-watched sporting event of all-time.

There is a geographical component to most things in the world and the World Cup is no exception. Esri has put together a number of interesting storymaps, all relating to the World Cup.

Figure 1: Putting soccer on the map

Included are story maps on venue locations for this year’s event in Brazil and past World Cup locations and results. The latter puts an artistic spin on things with a soccer ball pattern added to the map. If you’re lucky enough to make the trip to Brazil, there is even a story map that shows restaurants in Belo Horizonte, one of the World Cup host cities.

Others have also developed their own story map on the subject; simply do a search for “World Cup story map” on ArcGIS Online, filter the results by “apps” and start browsing.

Sit back and enjoy and may the Dutch best team win!

If these World Cup story maps inspire you to get cracking on making your own, remember that there are a wealth of resources to support you, including tips, templates, examples and guidelines.

About the Author

Paul Heersink

Paul Heersink is a cartographer and Production Manager of Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program: an initiative that is aiming to build a seamless topographic basemap using contributor data. He has over 15 years of cartographic experience, working in both the public and private sectors. Paul has always been interested in mapping and drew his own atlas at the age of 10. He took a detour in his career through the fields of psychology and social work before returning to cartography.

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