The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
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Design and develop an open source tool to easily create a narrative on a map, based on data from different sources.
There was a similar tool called MapTales focused on books. It is not longer being developed. StoryMap will be a flexible tool for creating stories based on news and data.
StoryMap will rely on CartoDB for data management and data analysis. For the User Interface it will rely on Leaflet.js and the latest HTML5 WebGL techniques for creating an engaging user experience. Also, StoryMap will import data from popular sources such as Twitter, Flickr, Wikipedia or Panoramio.
Every time you try to tell a story using a map you do it in a very similar way. Zooming, pointing, panning, marking areas, etc… This tool should be a joy for users with no programming skills to create stories based on maps and build story telling interactions on top of them. In the last 7 years, we have gained valuable experience in user-centered interfaces and developed several open source tools for map based data visualization. CartoDB, one of our latest projects, has given us new insights and feedback from news organizations and journalists that could be applied to StoryMap.
Javier de la Torre (CEO and co-founder of Vizzuality). Over the past 10 years he has been working in the field of Biodiversity Informatics and the social and technical aspects of data sharing. Sergio Álvarez (Lead Designer and co-founder of Vizzuality) is a computer science graduate focused on the development of user-centered interfaces and data visualizations. Simon Tokumine (Architect at Vizzuality) is an experienced developer in the GIS field, and Carlos Martínez, a journalist with 15 years experience in news site deployment, already working with CartoDB as a tool for data visualization.
CartoDB is online since late 2011 and we are continuously working on new functionalities. It forms the core of StoryMap regarding data analysis and geospatial data management. Using CartoDB, we aim to focus on creating an engaging User Interface and an easy to use workflow for telling stories based on maps. We are also working on a set of ready-to-publish, customizable open-source templates based on CartoDB which we are using to test a media-friendly workflow for data publishing on a map. We consider this research an essential part of the project.
StoryMap is planned as a free, open source product of Vizzuality. After the funding expires, development will be sustained through Open Source contributions and via CartoDB. StoryMap will be offered as part of the evolving CartoDB Open Source platform.