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Sun, 14/10/2018

GIS MSc graduates Livia Jakob and Miles McConville win 1st and 2nd Prize in ESRI contest.

Congratulations to Livia and Miles who entered the ESRI 2018 ‘Storytelling with Maps Contest’ and won 1st and 2nd place in the Culture, History, and Events category.

Livia’s 1st place Storymap titled “Pay or Die? – Prison or Cemetery?” tells the story of gang culture and perspectives of children and young adults in El Salvador. The project can be viewed here.  

Miles’ Storymap was titled “It Took a Fire” and tells the story of the Grenfell tower fire and its links with social inequality in London. Mosaic of images from Miles’ story map. The project can be viewed here.

Story telling with maps is part of the Visual Analytics course, a course from the MSc portfolio offered by the School of GeoSciences. As part of this course, a task is set that requires students to tell a story through a mix of media, maps, graphics and sound. The task involves the use of web based mapping tools.

Students are encouraged to submit their work to an Annual International Story Telling competition organised and judged by ESRI.  ESRI is a commercial company, based in California (USA), and is a international supplier of GIS software and applications. 

Livia comes from Switzerland, where she did her degree in Geography and Computer Science at the University of Bern. She is now working for Professor Iain Woodhouse. Miles is Scottish and worked in outdoor education before returning to Edinburgh. After recently completing his MSc in August he has joined the Edinburgh GIS team as a Teaching Assistant.

Further information

ESRI - Meet the 2018 Winners 

Edinburgh Earth Observation Blog

MSc Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management

Geographical Information Science graduates Livia Jakob and Miles McConville win 1st and 2nd Prize in ESRI contestESRI 2018 winners Livia Jakob and Miles McConville