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Mapstory is a key type of a Wikidocumentary. It is a layered, time-based presentation that comprises of simple elements, and it can be viewed in a few different ways.


Time-based media as a backbone

  • An audio narrative. The audio can originally be derived from another element, such as reading of a letter.
  • A musical piece
  • Audio track of a video
  • Video
  • Data time series visualized on the map background


Still media

  • Image / series of images to be viewed/read in the frame

Time-based media

  • Video, audio to be viewed in the frame


  • A piece of text forms the content of a frame
  • Links are possible.
  • Text can be recorded, or screenread. This may conflict with the background.


  • A timeline of data items can be used as the set of frames
  • Data items representing historical events carry the timestamp of the items.


  • Each frame can be depicted by a coordinate location. This can be used in different ways. It can be plotted on a map or it is a location to go to to experience AR content.

Background layer

  • Georeferenced imagery can be used as a background layer. It can be an old map, aerial image, aerial video

Data visualization

  • Data plotted on the map

Modes of experiencing

Desktop arrangements

  • Background: Map, video, background layers
  • Foreground elements: Map, text
  • Soundtrack: Audio, video soundtrack, soundscape
  • Transitions: Soundscapes, specific content
  • Frames:


  • Web interface, page layout: Scrolling or clicking between frames. Maybe the user can change the layout and mode?
  • Sit back cinema (auto-advance), full-screen, timed
  • Mobile orienteering mode. Frames are located in places where it's possible to enter. There must be flexibility in the timelines to allow for different transition times. Use soundscapes and other media loops, trigger frames by proximity etc.
  • Ways of using AR