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I am a french user, sorry for my spelling mistakes.

I am currently interested by storytelling with Maps. ESRI offers a tool : this is a great example of what I am looking for.

But I do not own ArcGIS Online because I am not an Esri user.

Do you know Esri story maps equivalent product ? A opensource solution ideally (maybe jquery, or Google Maps API ?

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Not specific to "story maps" per se, but you may find the discussion about How to Start Web Mapping useful. – RyanDalton Nov 15 '13 at 20:16
Ryan is right, it is not so much a product, but a storyboard using web mapping. A similar product could be produced with open source web mapping software, and a lot of creative design. – Ryan Garnett Nov 15 '13 at 20:26
Also, ESRI's Javascript API is open and you can get a free public subscription as well. You should be able to use the story map templates even without making the map actually in itself. Yes it is built for use with, but most of their templates like that are downloadable and you could re-work them with a bit of coding and time spent learning the ESRI JS API, which can consume opensource data feeds. – John Nov 15 '13 at 20:42
See to follow @user2856159's suggestion of signing up for a free subscription – Stephen Lead Nov 22 '13 at 18:56
I was looking into this as well, but for my uses and expertise it just seemed easier for our organization to buy the subscription instead of trying to get a GIS/Science geek like me to try and do web dev.… – GISKid Jun 5 '14 at 12:50

MapStory is a possibility. It's a platform for "playable" maps of time dependant information. I've heard it referred to as "YouTube for maps". Not exactly the same as Esri Story Maps, but there are some similarities.

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You should try TimeMapper made by the OKFN (Open Knowledge Foundation). Explore some examples like the Major Battles in the Napoleonic Wars or the US City Bankruptcies - Spending Stories to have an idea about what it does.

See also another project called StoryMap JS by the "Knight lab". It does something quite similar to ESRI or MapStory solutions.

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This open source web app might solve your problem.

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Google Earth tour builder was released on Tuesday

What is Tour Builder?

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

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I do not think that Google Earth Tour Builder qualifies as open source. – PolyGeo Jun 5 '14 at 12:09

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