How to Access The Web Map in StoryMapsJS

an open book on top of a table.

I wanted to share how you can configure the underlying web map when working with the StoryMapsJS platform. I didn't find any documentation on how to do this. I only figured this out because I spent some time examining the source code.  17,000 lines into the storymap.js file was my access point into the web … Continue reading How to Access The Web Map in StoryMapsJS

How To Improve Image Accessibility for Esri Map Tour StoryMap Application

people holding a map of London, England

Providing the most accessible websites and browser-based applications should be a goal for every web developer.  Most of my work is with web mapping applications.  And while I consider myself relatively new to web accessibility, I am taking steps on improving this within my organization. In this article, I wanted to share my solution for … Continue reading How To Improve Image Accessibility for Esri Map Tour StoryMap Application

My Attempt To Make The Map Series StoryMap “More Maps” Button More Intuitive

eye glasses resting on an opened book

Ever since Esri released the StoryMaps platform, I was a fan.  I remember working with the Lancaster County Planning Commission thinking about how we could deploy one of these for the Northwest River Trail.  When I took the opportunity to work as a GIS Specialist with Cumberland County, I built my first StoryMap showcasing the … Continue reading My Attempt To Make The Map Series StoryMap “More Maps” Button More Intuitive

How We Developed a Print Widget Solution for Esri Web AppBuilder

bird's eye view of a housing development

The Property Mapper is our most popular web mapping application.  It allows users to search for properties and get information for tax records.  People might use this website when searching for a new house, or working on a tax assessment appeal (to reduce their property taxes). A few years ago, we migrated this site from … Continue reading How We Developed a Print Widget Solution for Esri Web AppBuilder

Building A Leaflet.js Map App With A jQuery UI Date Picker

construction site in a city.

From 2010 to 2018, Cumberland County was the fastest growing county in the state of Pennsylvania. For a more detailed look, you can check out the Pennsylvania State Data Center's report (pdf). With that growth, comes many subdivision and land development plans that need to be reviewed by the County's Planning Department. They review these … Continue reading Building A Leaflet.js Map App With A jQuery UI Date Picker

Why I’m Building a Blog Site With Jekyll

The subtitle for this article should be "A Novice's Journey of Building Multiple Websites."  And I understand the immediate irony of reading an article on WordPress about building a blogging site using Jekyll.  But over the course of this article, I'll share some experiences I've had building websites on a few different platforms.  And I'll … Continue reading Why I’m Building a Blog Site With Jekyll

Using ArcPy Search Cursors to Perform Spatial Analysis by Each Record in a Jurisdictional Dataset

road closed near a river where flooding occured

Cumberland County is in the process of updating our Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Our GIS Department is focused on developing a web map series application, and performing various spatial analyses to support the plan. One of the first analyses we were asked to complete was to get a count of the number of structures in the … Continue reading Using ArcPy Search Cursors to Perform Spatial Analysis by Each Record in a Jurisdictional Dataset