CartoDB’s open source tool helps journalists weave interactive stories

CartoDB’s open source tool helps journalists weave interactive stories

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US: CartoDB recently released a beta version of its open source tool that enables journalists and designers to create interactive stories. Odyssey.js enables users without coding skills to build interactive stories using text, images, videos and maps with custom interactions through the included sandbox; at the same time it is a powerful JavaScript library that is meant to grow as developers create new interactions to share.

Many media organizations use CartoDB to solve mapping needs, such as creating real-time election maps, interactive animated maps and data journalism visualizations. With the Odyssey.js project, CartoDB adds storytelling capabilities to its suite of tools.

Recently, the Knight Foundation has extended support for the development of this project and for many others that accelerates innovation in journalism.

The Knight Prototype Fund provides early-stage information projects with $35,000, human-centered design training and additional support to go from idea to demo in six months. The next deadline to apply is Aug. 1.

Source: Knights Foundation