Geo Media & Design students present their story map for Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland

News 25 July 2018
Story map for Living Lab - HAS University of Applied Sciences

Our assignment was to create a story map for cultivation on the island, focussing on the present, past and future. The client was Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland, an organisation in Zeeland consisting of municipalities, water boards, companies and, in this case, students.

On Tuesday 19 June, Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere and HAS University of Applied Sciences organized the 5th edition of the Geotrends symposium in Almere. Second-year students from the Geo Media & Design study programme at HAS presented a story map for the Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland (an island in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland). At the request of Living Lab, they presented the story map again in Zierikzee on 25 June. This time it was for delegates from the municipality, Scheldestroom Water Board, Agricultural Schouwen-Duiveland, HZ University of Applied Sciences Zeeland, HAS University of Applied Sciences and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).


Story map “sweet, salt and brine cultivation”

2nd-year GMD students, Stefan de Hoop, Jacob Fischer, Kees Hoogenboom, Niek Schreurs, Dana van Balen and Suzan Jans, created the story map “Sweet, salt and brine cultivation”. Dana and Suzan gave the presentations in both Almere and Zierikzee. “Our assignment was to create a story map for cultivation on the island, focussing on the present, past and future. The client was Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland, an organization in Zeeland consisting of municipalities, water boards, companies and, in this case, students,” Dana explains. “The collaboration within the student team was great. The thing I’m most proud of is the end product: the story map, and presenting it at the Geotrends symposium in Almere.” Presenting to experts in her future professional field was really exciting for Dana: “But the nerves disappeared as soon as I started, and it was a lot of fun to do!”


A varied programme at Geotrends in Almere

There were various guest speakers at the symposium in Almere, as well as presentations by 1st, 2nd and 4th year GMD students from both the HAS University of Applied Sciences and Aeres University of Applied Sciences. The Geotrends were on display on various stands. There were also representatives from businesses, whose contribution included asking critical questions. 

In discussion with representatives from the future professional field

The goal of the Geotrends symposium is to introduce the professional field to the next generation, and vice versa. Dana: “I had a lot of contact with the people there. In particular those who recognised me from my presentation. The best part about the symposium was that you’re with a group of people who are all interested in future Geotrends. So, we had lots to talk about.” 

What is a story map?

Story maps are a form of presenting various data (maps, graphs, films) in an accessible form: clarifying information by means of a story. This is popular in Geotrends: presenting information in a clear and appealing way.

Ideas for future research projects

An employee from the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland reacted positively to the story map: “I can use this to clarify the problem of salinisation to those involved on Schouwen-Duiveland.” After the presentation in Zierikzee, there was a studio session during which various questions were raised. These questions will provide input for future projects involving HAS University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences in Zeeland and other academic institutions. The story map itself will serve as a discussion document and bring to light ideas from the Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland for potential future research projects.

Are you curious about the story map?

Take a look at https://hasgeolab.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5abb9...