This guide will give an overview of places to help you develop interactive maps, often referred to as story maps. These products:
- usually can be used by viewers with only a web browser.
- emphasize sharing output, and often collaborating in the creation of a map.
- usually are interactive, so the user can do things like zoom and pan, or turn layers on and off.
- often allow the incorporation of other media besides maps, such as photographs and images, videos, text, or links to websites.
- usually can be created and edited using a browser interface rather than a separate client.
- require data to be stored in the cloud, or use data that is readily accessible on the internet.
- frequently are open source.
- if commercial, usually have a free edition with reduced features.