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CHART Scarborough …Interactive!

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So what have we been up to these last two years? Well besides the printed CHART Scarborough maps flying out of the racks (we’re already close to the second re-print running out after the initial maps disappeared within a few months), the project has been working towards a fully interactive media-rich online version.

Developed by Dr John Whelan and Joby Harding (both formerly lecturer and student respectively at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus) the ‘experimental version’ now online at allows users to create their own trails and add media rich content. This broadens out the scope of the project meaning you can explore the part of Scarborough covered by the map with the addition of sound and video opening up all sorts of potential creative uses for the map and making it something that can be explored remotely as well as on location. We’re looking forward to seeing how people use it.

CHART Scarborough Digital uses the same custom cartography as the printed map developed by Electric Angel based on original map data supplied by Scarborough Borough Council. The intention is to develop the project further and ultimately integrate these two aspects of the project. CHART Scarborough Digital receives a ‘soft launch’ tonight at Scarborough’s Arts & Culture Forum who originally commissioned the CHART Scarborough project.

citizen mapping

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interesting article about the shift to citizens mapping their locale and the creation of new and idiosyncratic data.

more big smoke

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Lovely hand-drawn walks of London from the book by Joanna Walsh.

And more lovely London linkage… An Alphabet of London by Christopher Brown. I’m thinking that an crown-sourced Alphabet of Scarborough might be a lovely CHART trail.

mental mapping for cyclists in london

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interesting article about a student design to help cyclist in the capital find routes more easily using mental mapping as part of the process.

by the way, scarborough’s festival of cycling is earmarked for 12-14 august this year.

John Cossins – Scarborough’s first map-maker

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lovely bit of scarborough map history on the scarborough evening news website today. read it here.
we were delighted to see that john cossins map also uses multiple visual perspectives just like the CHART map.

london blue plaques

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another use of google maps – blue plaques in london.

kirkstall community map

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quick link for you – kirkstall community association (in leeds) using google maps to encourage locals to get to know their locale better:

of brollies and broadcasts

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Scarborough is set to be the subject of a programme in a new BBC2 series focussing on British towns presented by the umbrella-carrying Nick Crane. We were paid a visit by researcher Laura yesterday who was particularly interested in the CHART Scarborough project with a view to featuring it on the programme.

It was good to hear that, unlike the majority of TV programmes, Nick plays a role in deciding the programme’s content and so a copy of CHART Scarborough map and a set of postcards are heading back to the man with the brolly, who is of a course a geographer and map-fan himself, to see if he wants to come and have a chat about it when they’re visiting Scarborough next week. As fans of the Map Man and Coast series we’re quite excited here at Electric Angel.

The series (with or without CHART) is due to be broadcast late summer 2011.

scarborough good pub guide

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been meaning to blog this for weeks as it’s great to see another unique map of the town. it was brought to our attention by a visitor who popped into the gallery and showed us it after collecting a CHART Scarborough map. we tweeted it and darren, the creator, very kindly sent us a copy.

a beautiful piece of hand-drawn design, it’s constructed from beermats which open out to reveal a map of scarborough’s choicest drinking establishments with some lovely line drawings of the buildings. you can purchase your own copy at the said establishments. nice maps and good beer? a perfect evening in our book.


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the author of the kids explorative geography book ‘mission:explore’ has blogged about our postcards project. see it here:

nice bit of synchronicity as mission:explore arrived on my desk last week!