Before we start, check these two links out!!
Pretty cool right?! I know.
Odyssey is an online tool that allows us to combine maps, narratives, and other visualizations into one, unique, beautiful story. These stories are interactive maps that go beyond the usual plain text, complicated story maps that require manual work, coding, and have costs. This tool allows journalists, humanists, and creators to create, recreate and tell stories in an engaging way.
Humanists, especially those in the digital humanities, are interested in studying and recording the world, and our history, Odyssey can be a really effective tool that can allow humanists to show their work. Instead of having to use three different tools to create narratives, maps and visualization, Humanists can now do all of those in one place. It makes their jobs easier and their presentations even more engaging.
Without further ado, lets jump into right into creating a DH project using Odyssey!!!
Step – by – Step video tutorial:
Starting and naming your story
- the first thing you want to do is go to Odyssey.js and click on sandbox. Once you’ve done that, you can go ahead and select a template just as I did on the video.
- Now, change the top level data on the sandbox. You will first change the title and author of your presentation into whatever you want.
- Now, you’re ready to start working on your content and narrative
- Every story, chapter or slide begin with a title and headlines. The first step is to change the title of the first slide. You can do that by using this markup #First Slide (replace first slide with what you want your title to be.)
- Then you can start adding in your narrative content. Start writing your story. (my video tutorial is helpful with this)
- (Part two of Video) Once you’re done with your narrative content, you can now add an image, video or any other multimedia you want! To add these you will use this markup: ![Title of media] (URL link of media) Once you’ve done this, you can see all your content appear on the left hand side of your screen in the transparent box.
- You can repeat this process for as many chapters, slides as you want.
- Sharing your Odysse with the world
- Once you’ve downloaded your video, you can go ahead and share it on your website or any other media!
This is all a very simple tutorial on how you can get started with Odyssey. Here, I’ve left two links. The first one is if you want to utilize the java script library to create a more complex story and presentation. The second one is for an advanced use of Odyssey.
Odyssey is a fairly new development and is consistently changing. If you’ve a developer who wants to contribute to this site, visit this link and make your contribution.