Part 1: Two Pins and a Line
1) Create a new ARCGIS map. Save and title the map. It is possible to the this exercise so that each student uses an individual map, or you can create one map that is used by the entire class. Choose two "historic" buildings or places in Brooklyn.
2) Search for the addresses in the "Find a place" box. Using Map Notes, create ARCGIS pins for them. Change the color, shape and size of the pins and Illustrate them with online images of the building. If you don't have one, you can use one from Google Maps, but make sure you save the map as an image (.jpg, .png, .gif.) Add a short description of each building, which you will place in the pin.
3) Add a line that make a path between the two pins. Change the color and the style of the line, and illustrate it with an online image.
Part 2: CSV Import
1) On a computer with Microsoft Excel, or another spreadsheet program, download and open the above CSV file: Database of Historic Buildings in Brooklyn. Save the map and give it a title. What kind of information do you see in this document? Which fields (columns) will be most important for historical research on these buildings? Which could be eliminated and why? Keeping in mind that your CSV file must have only 99 entries (rows), think of criteria you will use to select them. These could be factors such as date of build, architectural style, or zip code-any way that you want to prioritize a certain data sample.
2) Pare down the CSV file to the smallest, cleanest sample you can while still retaining significant data. Make a list of the fields you will keep in your table.
3) Open a new ARCGIS map, and import the CSV file. You may need to do this several times if data needs formatting.
4) Map the Address and the Zip code fields to address and zip code headings in ARCGIS.
5) Choose a main and a numerical attribute field to show on the map: options include "date of construction, roof elevation, or ground elevation. Work with "clustering" features to signal significant differences between dot groups. Look at what happens when you choose different attributes to show on the map.
6) Click one of the dots on the map and click "edit." What can we edit and what can't we edit with this sort of map in ARCGIS? What do we learn from looking at a map like this?
7) Optional: Add a field to your table called "Image URL" and populate the column with urls of images of the buildings. Import the file into a new ARCGIS map. Do you see anything different when you click on one of the map points?
Part 3: Presentation
1) Choose one of your ARCGIS maps from which you will create a presentation. Make sure that your maps are set to "public" (you can find this option by clicking on the "share" button.
2) Click "Create Presentation" (This is located next to "New Map" button on the upper right.)
3) The way this feature of ARCGIS works is to make any given view of a map into a slide. Create a presentation with at least 5 slide views of the map. These should be at different zoom levels and show different places on the map Use the configuration buttons to add popups and to set the zoom levels.
4) Save and share presentation.
Part 1: Choose a building
1) Using the Database of Brooklyn Historic Buildings file from ARCGIS Activity 1, or another academic or official resource, (I have listed several below) find an NYC building you wish to research.
2) Create, title and save an ARCGIS StoryMap. Consult tutorials on this site to help choose the type of StoryMap that will best fit. StoryMap Journal is a good choice for this exercise.
3) In your first StoryMap slide, create a map onto which you add a pin of your building. Choose an appropriate basemap and save.
Begin historical research on the building you have chosen. The Database of Buildings file from part one is a good place to begin, and I have listed several good resources below. Also try the "Further Resources: Data" page of this site.
Areas to investigate:
Date: When was the building constructed? Was it ever renovated, and if so, when and why?
Architect: Do we know who the architect or builder of the building was? If so, find out as much as possible about this person's career, background, and life. How did this architect come to build the building?
Build Style: What type of building is it? A row house, a warehouse, a brownstone? Did it "fit" into the architecture neighborhood at the time? Does it still or not, and why?
Neighborhood: What is the neighborhood of this building? What was there before the building? What has happened since it was built? Describe the changes this neighborhood has gone through over time and how this has affected the life of the building.
Function: What was the building used for originally? Is it still used for the same purpose? How does this reflect changes in NYC over time?
Bibliography: As you go, collect bibliographic references and links and save all relevant files and documents in a folder. This will make things easier when you build your StoryMap and a bibliography.
Create a StoryMap to tell the story of the building you chose. For an example, see the box on the lower right for a StoryMap on the history of the Fairway building in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The idea of this StoryMap is to present resources with your own original annotations and comments. Avoid simply creating slides with resources, every slide should contain a paragraph in your own writing, proofread for grammar and style. Rather than simply describing each resource, talk about what each resource shows us about the subject of analyzing your building's history.
Elements can be included on the main stage, the side panel (using Story Actions) and the Map Notes. The StoryMap should contain at least one, and preferably several, of each of the elements listed below. There should be at least one "dynamic" ARCGIS map in which the view of the map changes automatically and "animates." This can be achieved with Story Actions or the Basic Presentation of ARCGIS. Finally you must include a formatted bibliography of all resources used in the final slide.
Elements to include: