MapStory Projects

Mapstory is an online community, a "wikipedia of maps" of sorts that I have begun freelancing with. As a user, you can upload maps, download maps, and create maps in the site itself, using tools to draw and manipulate features. This allows people to crowdsource the creation of maps of any kind. As all maps are associated with a time, any map or set of maps can be presented as a story that can be animated, called a "storylayer", which can in turn be combined into a "mapstory". While mapstories can show any events or trends such as wars or the spread of diseases, or the population and immigration, there will also be MapStory Local, a comprehensive mapstory where one can type in a year, say "1900", and see the way the world was then, including every border, road, and building, and the use of land or the environment for which there is a record of.

MapStory Local is starting with Ames, Iowa, which can be viewed in the following video.
To see it within mapstory, click here:

I am going to be engaged in making maps myself, and documentation of how one uses mapstory. Maps will include:
*To launch MapStory Local, the growth of Ames, Iowa from the time of its founding, including every land sale, building and road, as well as events and embedded images, videos and other content. I will document this thoroughly for other communities, and perhaps very rapidly, every community where there are records across the world will do the same, and you can eventually see any city the way it was in years past. See link above.
*The Ramayana and Mahabharata, mapped according to the story and the places on the Indian Subcontinent
*Major border changes of states and sovereign entities. Much of the work has already been done, and I would only engage in some small parts of it, especially perhaps the interaction with Native American tribes in the United States among others.
*Population density, with change over time

I thought of the idea that mapstory became when I was in Middle School, when I used Encarta World Atlas. As the internet evolved, so did my idea. I started pursuing the idea towards the end of 2011, and made a video overview of it (the original page can be viewed here). Christopher Tucker, the mastermind behind Mapstory (who thought of the idea when seeing JSTOR in 1994) saw the videos and I naturally joined their effort, which is extremely fortunate.