Washington, DC based CSIS has become one the world’s preeminent international policy institutions and in July 2015 Edward Chow and Zachary Cuyler published “From Pipe Dreams to Pipelines”; their report was a detailed investigation into the host of yet-to-be completed new pipeline projects currently taking place in Russia.
To ensure that readers could easily understand the geographic context of the report’s data, Exprodat staff converted the CSIS report into an Esri Story Map called the New Russian Gas Exports
Esri Story Map is an online utility that allows users to combine data, text, images and video with maps that creates a more engaging way of presenting information that everyone, irrespective of their knowledge of the subject matter, can understand.
As Exprodat Senior GIS Consultant Simon Kettle explains, “We realised that a Story Map would be a great way to present the CSIS report, as it included descriptions of many towns and places in Russia which would be unfamiliar to the majority of readers.
By presenting the report’s content as a “Story Map Journal” we were able to quickly create a web-based presentation that really allows readers to visualise the pipeline projects, understand the significance of their locations and gain a much richer understanding of what is going on in Russia right now.”
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