Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I put together a team?
A – A team could be 2 or more people who want to explore an aspect of the Park. You then need to register your team with the Engagement Coordinator giving a brief summary of each team member, their role and what component of the Park the team is intending to map. (If you don’t know all of this right away, don’t worry…just register through “contact us” and we’ll take it from there.
- What kind of team do I need?
A - Your team can consist of broadly varying people, but about a third of them should have some kind of skill or expertise relevant to what it is you want to map (and how you plan to map). So if you are BMXers, at least one-third of your team should be able to handle a bike, or make a video, or build ramps, scout locations, and so forth.
- Can I join an existing team?
A – Yes, just register your particular interest and what skills or knowledge you could bring to other teams!
- Can I get help in putting together a team?
A – Yes. Contact the Coordinator with your mapping idea and the type of team members you wish to work with and we will make every effort to put you in contact with potential partners.
- What part will young people play in teams?
A – Young people will play a very important role in the mapping process as team leaders and experts. They have had and continue to have a key role in the creation and development of the Necklace Park and we hope they will be part of as many teams as possible. Some teams may have children as young as 4 years old. If you need advice on how young people could work as part of your team, please contact the Coordinator.
- How do I record my mapping team’s work?
A – A Map can be recorded in a variety of ways: it really depends on what it is you want to map! Your Map must have a beginning, middle and end, and the activity has to relate to the Necklace Park in some way, but this is open to a wide interpretation as long as there is something you can take away that helps the wider world to understand. It is about testing the process and documenting new ways of doing the particular activity. Specifically, you could use paper, film, audio equipment, found objects…online notations, post-its, whatever seems best, as long as it all relates back to the Necklace Park and documents your “journey”.
- Will someone be recording my team at work?
A – Yes (where possible!) The Necklace Park video team will aim to document each Mapping team, prior or during the Mapping event in May, Each team will have to personally record and document in some way their Mapping process and or findings. Between October 14-28, Mapping the Necklace will be showcased at the DOTT 07 Festival in Newcastle with a bank of 20 plasmas showing looped content on each Mapping exploration…so we need to show not only “what” you did, but the “who, when, where, why and how ” of it all too!
- What kind of equipment do I need to use for mapping?
A – This would depend on what you intend to Map! We can provide maps such as Ordnance Survey information, and we can help arrange loans of AV equipment depending on the overall number of requests and your timing. We can help pay for film as necessary. Email us your ideas and we’ll see how we can help or direct you.
- What kind of equipment / technology do I need to log my map?
A - You choose! Anything from sticks and sand to the latest digital technology! This is an important part of your mapping process. The way you map is as important as what you map.
contact and collaboration
- With whom should I keep in touch over the next few months and how?
A - Keep in touch with the Engagement Coordinator through the “contact us” page. She will direct you to others as necessary.
- How do I use this website to log my information?
A- Once you have contacted the Engagement Coordinator she will set up an account for you to use this website, where you will be able to post text, video, images or even blog about your Map.
- How do I use this website to collaborate with others?
A- Once you have set up an account on this website you will be registered to a couple of 'groups': a site-wide group and your team. Your team will have their own section within the website where they can share writing, images, videos, forums, weblinks or comments.
- Is there any funding available?
A- Yes, there is a small pot to help with film and other recording needs, travel within the UK, refreshments while out mapping etc…
- should I seek sponsorship?
A – Yes, but only if you need extra funding for your Mapping activity! If you’re trying to entice a (relevant) sponsor to help your team, the Mapping the Necklace team can support you by displaying the sponsor’s logo on the project web site and event publicity. See questions on marketing, and for further information about sponsorship, go to this link.
- What happens on the May 5-7 weekend?
A- This long weekend is the “culmination” of your mapping activity. You may by that time have done a lot of it already, but we want to take a particular weekend when everything is noted for once and for all…laying down a marker for all time. You will make your own arrangements on how you want to treat this weekend and the “what, where, how” etc. of it all, but; you’ll need to log it with our Mapping Team. Watch this website for more plans for that weekend!
- Who “owns” this project?
A- Dott 07
- Is the map my team’s intellectual property at the end?
A- Yes. The learnings and process you have gone through to get there will need to be recorded by you and by us, Dott 07 wants to use these processes to help build a model for sustainable tourism in the region and will want to use the recordings / mapping material for its Festival Showcase October 14-28. But the “Map” itself is yours, your team’s name / company name / logo is on it at all times.
- What will the maps and recordings be used for and how?
A- In hard outputs, the Maps and recordings will go towards the Dott 07 Festival Showcase October 14-28 in Newcastle (20 filmed loops on 20 maps, and printed versions of same.) Soft outputs include our Mapping Team (Cornerstone Strategies) delivering to Dott 07 a report on the processes that went into this mapping exercise, what they will find useful in working with young regional designers who want to look at the outdoors, and what this all means for sustainable tourism.
- Is any organisation going to benefit from my work commercially?
- Beyond the events themselves, how can my team benefit from Mapping the Necklace?
A- You will get publicity for yourself and your team through Dott’s extensive marketing and PR programme over 2007, both on our website, the Dott website, the Necklace Park website and through all of the other coverage planned. You will have as many chances as you want to blog on our website, which itself is linked into the Dott (and other) websites.(Dott 07 encourages blogs from our own projects and you might want to blog directly onto the Dott 07 site.) If your Map has something in it - a process, a product for instance - that will benefit the Park itself in some way, you may want to enter into a commercial partnership with the Necklace Park itself to develop a branded product to be sold as part of the Necklace Park offer. Talk with us further when you have a better idea of what you want out of it all! (We’re designers/creatives too, and we know that some of you will want to add your Map to your portfolio… and get something out of it all)
- Who is managing this event, how and why?
A- Mapping the Necklace is managed by the Mapping Team described in more detail below (through Cornerstone Strategies ltd.). All know the Necklace Park well and have in fact been instrumental in its creation since 2004 as part of the Durham 2020 Vision. Two are from the North East, and all have spent years looking behind both the real and virtual bushes along the Park’s 12-mile stretch…Their work overlaps with that of the Necklace Park’s own professional team, and the project has been developed by both teams in order to bring the Park closer to a wider range of people.
Susan Williamson: Senior Producer / Creative Director
Susan – designer, behavioural economist and communicator – has been creating “transactional spaces” for over 25 years…in shops, malls, streets and parks, through design, print, film and stories, and through strategies that give her clients the places people want to be. A keen traveler, she is obsessed with maps as art, probably more than most because she has absolutely no sense of direction… and so the world to her is a wonderfully obscure place, full of motives and meanings just crying out to be mapped.
Beth Davison – Recording Director
Beth has been working with photography and other lens based media for over 20 years. She has worked extensively in County Durham and Lincolnshire managing community based projects. Beth has represented Great Britain in fencing, holding four Commonwealth and National Medals, and is currently Vice Captain of the England Squad.
Becky Dodds – Engagement Coordinator (Durham-based, your first point of contact)
Becky is a global traveler and loves exploring both near and far, whether by being out and about (with or without her virtual dog) or simply sitting at home with a cup of tea and exploring through books, maps and on-line. As well as working on Mapping the Necklace, Becky also works part-time as The Necklace Park Assistant
David Papadopoulos – Mapping Facilitator
David explores and documents the uncelebrated aspects of our cities: underneath Spaghetti Junction, the back streets of Margate, the suburbs of Radstock, the shopping trolleys of Milton Keynes. He tutors on human and cultural geographies, keeps up with virtual realities, writes a bit, thinks about infrastructure (Shelters! Benches!) and keeps his boots and trouser legs splattered with mud.
The team are working closely on Mapping the Necklace with Claire Lancaster, the Necklace Park Manager, who is keen to hear your views on the Park and what you would like to do with it! Give her a ring (0191 383 3041) or send her an email…she’s on the case, conducting (with Becky) a wide variety of projects in the Park you might like to participate in.