This is my Squirrel Census web map in my own website. I encountered some problem while creating the web app attachment, and therefore I can’t find the correct share button as the instruction indicated. I then figured out we need to click “configure the app” after creating the web app from the original app, instead of sharing the app instantly to be able to share the web mapping in a html format. Overall, I still think this is still pretty cool to have an interactive web map embedded in a post, and it is a really good way for viewer and audiences to explore more on the data and have new findings from their own perspectives.
I think the potential of web mapping and the ArcGIS Online platform is quite big, especially nowadays people prefer to have more information in just one piece of graph, and they can explore the points they are interested. The digitalization process of the map also makes it dynamic and revisable, so people can always access the map with the most updated information. It is also flexible in terms of size. As the audience zoom in, it shows less detail of the data, but gives an overall picture of the distribution of the data. As the audience zoom out, it can give more details, such as exact count numbers of a certain region, and detailed information of each data. Normal maps (usually in picture form) can’t be as flexible as the web mapping technique. Because the size and scale of the traditional maps are restricted, it can’t fit in as much information as the web mapping does. Containing more information, web mapping has a large potential to be used as the maps that store information and data in the future.
Being able to revise a digital map as often as you want is a huge merit of digital maps I hadn’t considered. It definitely is flexible in multiple senses of the word.