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This one is in the Scarborough Renaissance Newsletter.

Interventions 5

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Interventions 4

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Interventions 3

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Interventions 2

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From the horses mouth

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There are a few opportunities coming up to hear us talk about progress on CHART Scarborough.

The first is something of a last minute arrangement – due to the keynote speaker having to pull out of Digital Scarborough due to family illness I’ve been asked if I might fill in. So at 4.30pm today you’re welcome to turn up to Westwood School of Arts (yorkshire Coast College – next to Tescos) where I’ll talk about the theory of cognitive mapping that’s guiding the design of our maps and an overview of what we’ve done so far. Plus I’ll have the latest version of the map itself (still being worked on) with me. I’m expected to fill about an hour, so you can come a judge if I know enough to do that!

If you can’t make that, I’m also talking about cognitive mapping at the Digital Scarborough Barcamp tomorrow. (Details & booking on the Digital Scarborough website – link above.)

Dorcas will be presenting progress so far to the Town Team on Tuesday evening. I’m hoping I might get along towards the end of that too when I finish at another event.

All three will provide opportunity to ask questions.

Terms and conditions

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Terms and conditions for the CHART Scarborough text-in prize draw:

  • This competition is promoted by CHART Scarborough, the ‘promoter’.
  • The winner must text a response to the given mobile telephone number, together with their full name and contact telephone number and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prize. Standard network rates apply.
  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible or offensive entries or entries made fraudulently.
  • Winners will be randomly selected by an independent body with no connection to the promotion
  • One winner will be announced for the £20 HMV Voucher prize for participants responding to the questions printed on CHART Scarborough promotional material displayed in public places and 6 winners will be announce for the £10 HMV Voucher prizes responding to the individual questions printed in the Scarborough Evening. Only one entry per question is allowed.
  • Entrants must be UK residents. Minimum age to enter is 18.
  • Winners must be prepared to take part in post-competition publicity.
  • The prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  • There will be no cash alternatives.
  • The promoter’s decision is final in every situation including any not covered above and no correspondence will be entered into. The promoter reserves the right, in the event of circumstances arising outside of their control which in their opinion makes it necessary, to cancel the competition at any stage. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. This agreement is governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Interventions 1

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North vs South

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Had a really useful session looking at our prototype area of map with the Civic Society today. It was opportunity to thrash out some of the ‘tensions’ on the map we’ve been debating within the team, not least how much of Scarborough we show in true legible-cities detail and how much we show just as a small scale overview. We’ve been working on just the South Bay knowing that sooner or later we had to address the relationship with the North Bay, which has a smaller number of cultural landmarks but is just as important in being part of Scarborough’s unique flavour.  The limiting factor is paper size as usability concerns mean we don’t want to go above A2, especially not a windy day when we might see CHART Scarborough users being blown across the headland, our maps acting as a sail.

Prototype ver.2 is now in production taking into some revised thinking on indicating distance, landmarks and scale. I’m really pleased with how the map is looking, knowing that we have some solid theory and research behind it and that initial reactions to the map are always how attractive it is (largely the fruits of James’s labour).

And keep an eye out for our town centre ‘interventions’ – starting next week and offering opportunity to contribute to the map’s content and win some goodies into the bargain.

Ready for the road

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We’re preparing to road-test (or should that be ‘path test’?) a completed section of the map in the next fortnight with a group of local residents. This week has seen us take a reconnaissance walk around the trial area noting the sort of detail that rarely appears on maps and asking ourselves questions about what we do and don’t include. Out watchword is usability and thus too much detail – especially icons which we’re trying to avoid as much as possible – can clutter and make the map hard to read. We’ve far exceeded our original map data although online resources such as multimap are still proving useful for double-checking building layouts. There’s been much cross-referencing of road locations with getting-out-there-and-having-a-look being our definitive guide.

The test area can be seen below. We’re about to tweak the colour scheme and there’s yet to be labels added to some of the key buildings and a main street landmark or two. We’re also still trying to crack the dilemma of how to show the contours of the land without creating a birds eye view style map which we consider to be generally unhelpful to people navigating streets (unless you’re a bird).