CartoDB’s new open source Odyssey.js tool makes it easy to create interactive maps without coding

CartoDB’s new open source Odyssey.js tool makes it easy to create interactive maps without coding

Cloud-based mapping service CartoDB has released a beta version of a new tool, Odyssey.js, that lets you create interactive maps in Markdown without knowing how to code.

The open source tool lets you choose from three interface templates: slide, scrolling and timeline. You’ll then use a Markdown sandbox to specify different places and events in your story, as well as add content, such as text or images.

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When you’re ready to share, you can embed the map as an iFrame, grab a custom URL, or download the source. If you do know how to code, CartoDB has included a JavaScript library so developers can dig deeper.

Odyssey.js was funded by the Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Prototype Fund for “early-stage media and information ideas.”

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