The EARTHscope is compatible with most electronic formats: if you can display your data or presentation on
a computer (or scan it in), you can probably turn it into a geo-story.
Recommended formats include:
- Maps: Unflattened PSDs, GIF, JPG, TIFF,
- Text: MS-Word docs, HTML, XML, TXT
- Graphics: JPG, GIF, Excel Charts -- (GIS and IMS coming in ES v2.1)
What makes for a powerful geo-story is a balance of maps, text, and supporting media (pictures, charts, graphs, sound clips, etc.)
that combine to tell your story. Where the data came from, why it's important, and what comes next are all integral parts of telling
a complete geo-story.
At the same time, clarity, ease of reading and short download times are crucial to keeping your audience engaged. In general,
less is more, especially when it comes to copy, titles and captions. The fewer words you can tell your story in, the better.