Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide

NYPL, Candide & My Maps

 

 


Creating Your Own Candide Journey in Google's My Maps Application 

Because the story of Candide takes place in many different locations, both fictional and real, throughout the world, historical maps from NYPL collections can serve as a visual backdrop for constructing your own "journeys." You will build these journeys in Google's My Maps application, which is both free and web-based. Think creatively! Your "journey" will be a multimedia experience of assembled, embedded images, videos, and texts that you've scripted, written, or collected from the NYPL Digital Gallery, YouTube, and other digital media sources. These journeys will be based in some way on Candide, but there are no specific requirements for how you interpret the assignment. You may choose to focus on something philosophical and general, such as morality or colonialism, or more literal, such as an expanded study of the places featured in Candide.

You will search for and discover maps and other digital images of people and places in the NYPL Digital Gallery (digitalgallery.nypl.org) and on YouTube. If time allows, maps will be virtually "stretched" on the NYPL map server (maps.nypl.org).
 


Assignment:
• Create a Candide "journey" in Google My Maps.
• Embed imagery from the NYPL Digital Gallery on your "journey."
• Embed videos from YouTube on your "journey."

Extra credit:
• Create your own personal icons.
• Import maps from the maps.nypl.org historical map server.

Very important: save your work early and often!


Step-by-Step Instructions
Creating a Candide "journey" in Google My Maps

I. Set up an account in igoogle (google.com)
• SKIP this step if you already have a gmail account. The account setup process is self-explanatory.

II. Set up a new My Map
• Navigate to maps.google.com.
• Click at left where it says "my maps," then click on the blue text "create new map."
• Give your "journey" a name (for example, "Murrow" followed by your initials; if your name is John Doe, your map would be “MurrowJD.”).
• Write a brief description of your journey (if you prefer, you can do this later, when you are close to being finished).

III. Select an area in the world to start your journey
• This could be a place mentioned in Candide (Lisbon, Paraguay ... it’s your choice).

IV. Create a new placemarker
• Click the blue placemarker icon at top left. Click where you want the marker to appear on the map. A box will open up. If you are writing or entering a story of some kind, type it into the box.

V. Format your text
• To make your text look better, click "rich text." This will allow you to choose your own font, text size, color, etc. (more ways to get creative!).

VI. Draw a line
• Click the blue zigzag symbol. This will allow you to draw a line from/to anywhere. If you are zoomed in to street level, you can select the "draw along a route" function and make your lines conform to the street network. You can also enter text, and embed images and videos to a line.


EMBEDDING IMAGERY FROM THE NYPL DIGITAL GALLERY 

What is the NYPL Digital Gallery?
• The Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's database of close to 800,000 images, including maps, photos, manuscripts, prints, and more.

What do these images have to do with Candide?
• They may or may not have anything to do with the story or book explicitly, but instead may allude to or share a similar concept (for example, images of earthquakes in other cities as a stand-in for the Lisbon earthquake).
• The idea here is that you are creating a new interpretation of Candide and you are mashing it all together on a map.

Search the NYPL Digital Gallery
• Navigate to http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/
• Enter a keyword into the search box.
• Click on an image, and search the subject headings that show up at the left. These subject headings are like tags that librarians attach to digital images and provide a useful structure to organize large troves of information.

Embed an image
• After you click on an image, you will see “Link” at the bottom right of the screen; click and select the text that appears in the "embed image" box.
• In your browser window, select “copy” from the “edit” menu.
• Return to your Candide "journey" in My Maps.
• Select a placemarker, and click the place on the map where you want it to go.
• When the placemarker opens, select the text "edit html," and then paste your "embed image" text into the main text box.
• Click "done." Click "save."
• Test your work by clicking on the placemarker.


EMBEDDING IMAGERY FROM YouTube 

What is YouTube?
• Really? Come on.

What does this have to do with Candide?
• Same answer as above with an important exception. Think of YouTube as a place where you can find videos that either explicitly or implicitly refer to Candide, but also as a place where you can create your own video interpretations, storytellings, recantings, riffs, artistic interpretations, etc., of the book. Think out of the box here.

Search YouTube
• Keyword searching is the rule here.

Embed a YouTube video
• Once you've made or found a video you like, click on the "embed" code at right.
• In your browser window, select "copy" from the “edit” menu.
• Return to your Candide "journey" in My Maps.
• Select a placemarker, and click the place on the map where you want it to go.
• When the placemarker opens, select the text "edit html," and then paste your "embed image" text into the main text box.
• Click "done." Click "save."
• Test your work by clicking on the placemarker.

FINAL STEPS 
• Click the "save" button.
• Click "View in Google Earth" — this will download your .kml file, giving you the option both to open it in Google Earth and to save it to your desktop.
• Please e-mail the .kml file to kenneth_benson@nypl.org.
• Thanks! and happy travels ...