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Create a presentation

With ArcGIS Online, you can create presentations to tell a linear, interactive story with the information in your map. You'll create a presentation using your web map from the previous lesson.

In this lesson, you'll create four slides:

  • The first slide will show a map of southern Howard County with its voters your candidate needs to win.
  • The second slide will involve Tapestry and how it reflects voter behavior in that area.
  • The third slide will focus on the census tract with the most generous donors.
  • The fourth slide will show the area with the most veterans and disabled veterans.

In each slide, you'll briefly discuss how your research creates opportunities for your candidate.

Create slides

  1. If necessary, open your Howard County, Maryland, Census Tracts map.
  2. Above the map, click Create Presentation.

    Create Presentation

    A Slides pane opens to the left of the map. The ribbon above the map changes to include options for creating a presentation. The same layers in your map are available for editing as you create your slides. You can also change basemaps if needed. Individual slides can have different basemaps, operational layers, map locations, visible pop-ups, and titles.

  3. Click the Add button to add a new slide.

    Add slides

    For your first slide, you'll turn off layers to reveal the best view of voters in southern Howard County.

  4. In the Slide Properties pane, under Layers, uncheck all layers except Howard County Voter Data and USA Census Tract Areas.

    Layers in slide

  5. If necessary, for Location, click Set to Current to save the current map extent to the slide.

    Set to Current location

  6. For the title, type Voter locations in southern Howard County.

    Slide Properties

    The text appears at the top of the map, as it will appear in the slide.

  7. On the ribbon, click Save.

    When you save, the presentation becomes part of your map item. When others open your map, they can view it as a presentation. You'll add three more slides to the presentation. The second slide will focus on Tapestry research and give your candidate insight into the mindset of these voters.

  8. Click Add.
  9. In the Slide Properties pane, for Layers, uncheck USA Census Tract Areas and check 2018 USA Tapestry Segmentation.
  10. For the title, type Voters are hard-working, educated, and affluent homeowners who love technology. They would strongly oppose proposals doubling smartphone taxes.
  11. If necessary, click Set to Current.

    For your third slide, you'll use the bookmark that you created earlier to show the most generous donors in southern Howard County.

  12. Click Add.
  13. Check the boxes for the Howard County Donation Total and USA Census Tract Areas layers.
  14. Zoom to the Donors and donations bookmark.
  15. For the title, type Neighborhood with most donors and donations; recommend initiating fund raisers and meet-and-greets in this area.
  16. Click Set to Current.

    Your final slide will reveal the information that you discovered by downloading data from the US Census Bureau.

  17. Click Add.
  18. Check the box for the Howard County Disabled Veterans layer.
  19. Uncheck the layer boxes for Howard County Donation Total, Howard County Voter Data, and 2018 USA Tapestry Segmentation.
  20. Pan and zoom the map so you can see the southern third of Howard County.
  21. Click Set to Current.
  22. Click the biggest blue circle that you identified earlier as the census tract with the highest number of disabled veterans. If necessary, click the right arrow to show the disability attributes.

    Census tract pop-up

  23. In the Slide Properties pane, for Pop-up, check the Include open pop-up in presentation box.
  24. For the title, type Columbia has highest number of vets and disabled vets; recommend this area for news conference launching initiative for more resources for veterans.
  25. Click Slide List.

    Slide List

    The Slides pane opens. This pane lists the slides in your presentation. You can click each slide in the list to preview the slide, and you can change the sequence of the slides. There are buttons to hide the slide and edit its properties. You can also delete or copy slides by selecting a slide in the list and clicking the appropriate button on the ribbon.

  26. On the ribbon, click Save.

Play the presentation and share the map

You are now ready to brief your candidate. Your presentation is dynamic, so you can interact with the map in the slides instead of displaying only a static slide show.

On the ribbon, the Options button includes duration choices for an Auto advance function. By default, it's set to None, which means that users will manually navigate the presentation.

  1. On the ribbon, click Play.

    Play button

    Your presentation opens in a new window. You can use the buttons at the bottom of the window to present the slides. You can advance (or return) one slide at a time or use the list to go to a specific slide.

    Slide navigation

  2. Advance through the presentation and test it by interacting with the map in each slide. (For example, zoom and pan the map or click features to display pop-ups and access Tapestry data.)
  3. Close the presentation window.
  4. Above the map, click Edit Map to return to the map.

    Edit Map

  5. On the ribbon, click the Share button.

    The Share window opens. This window includes a link to your map that you can copy and paste to an email message, as well as options to embed the map in a website or create an app. (Your organization's administrator controls the settings for some of the sharing options.) As the owner of the map, you can access the presentation through My Content.

  6. Check the box to share your map with your organization.

    The Update Sharing window opens. This window prompts you to share the layers in the map, which have different sharing properties.

  7. Click Update Sharing. In the Share window, click Done.

    Finally, you'll access your presentation from the map.

  8. At the top of the page, click Home and choose Content.
  9. Browse to the folder where you stored your map.
  10. In the list of your items, click the ellipsis next to Howard County, Maryland, Census Tracts and click Open Presentation.

    Open presentation

  11. Close the presentation.

    If you shared your map with others, they can access your presentation from the map's About pane or from the map's item details page.

  12. Close the map.

In these lessons, you created a map that shows the whereabouts of disabled veterans in Howard County, Maryland. In doing so, you learned how to download shapefile data from the US Census Bureau and add it to a web map. You also appended additional attributes from a nonspatial table. Together, all that effort resulted in a map and presentation that gives your candidate key information to accomplish a campaign goal, increasing the likelihood of an election victory.