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The Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessment process and the Examination in Public on Gypsy and Traveller pitch allocations highlighted the difficulties faced by Housing Authorities in accommodating nomadic dwelling. Where assessment questionnaires looked beyond residential solutions the resilience of informal stopping places as a practical means of accommodating nomadic people started to become evident.

It has been obvious for decades that the loss of traditional stopping places has been a major contributory factor to the present crisis in accommodation. The capacity to include these shared spaces within a socially inclusive management regime would deliver pitch allocation for transit (or more accurately transitory) sites in a cost effective, environmentally benign and socially coherent way.

A starting point for this fresh approach is the community involvement in a survey and mapping exercise. Slideshow presentations enable visual evidence to be married to the spoken word poetry and song by fixing these to a map they become a form of documentary evidence to help and inspire others.

For the purposes of this open publicly viewable map the focus is on historically active (as opposed to current) traditional sites

Additional Travellers archive news clippings and photos are accesible athttps://sites.google.com/site/travellersarchive/

Software downloads-

for photostory http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx  

for audacity sound recording and mixing -http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ 

for graphics image manipulation http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

Simple but effective graphics for windows http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

For tutorials in the use of the above -

Basic Photo Story3   http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/PhotoStory3/

Posting your photo story to you tube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-gQAwS2u

Recording speech on Audacity (for editing) http://www.docstoc.com/docs/2133640/Audacity-Tutorial

Making illustrations for your photo story http://www.gimp.org/tutorials

Linking your photo story to a Google Map which we hope will be albiowayfarer ; http://maps.google.com/help/maps/mymaps/create.html  

Inspirations in digital storytelling http://www.photobus.co.uk/index.php?id=2

Some useful campaign organisations in the field

http://www.gypsy-traveller.org

www.bbtrust.org.uk

Some potential grant givers

www.homeaccess.org freephone 0800 294 4517

www.travellersaidtrust.org

http://www.groundswell.org.uk

As a standard reference map the Phillips Navigator regional atlas is recommended (£7.99), collaborators will find a common hard copy map platform useful. The integral ST grids within it tally with the OS 6 inch to a mile maps, which your local county records office will have free to view (along with other older maps and documents - (take a camera)) and book a table beforehand.

It is possible to geo tag (attach a map location) and share photos for slideshows through Google's Picassa 3.6 and Google Earth software through http://picasa.google.com/thanks.html and http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

The full compliment of kit is do-able for £250 if you include a refurbished laptop (with wi-fi) in the bundle.

A slideshow is a 30 to 50MB package, so 3G, wi-fi or broadband is needed to upload on to the you tube hosting site.

There are sound, photo, video and text file sharing capabilities dormant on the web which will come into play as we go along. Allow yourself 1 month to make 1 slideshow

Video is now emerging as usable media of record here is an example a horse drawn video

For your reference the map is hosted at the following address, a link to embed the map on other websites is also available here. -http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?client=firefox-a&hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114271192728782804118.00047348837c982aa5117&z=19

Hello, I am Tony Thomson, initiator of this support site to the albionwitness map.

On completion of an architectural training I went Travelling and have not stopped. I have worked as a volunteer for Friends Families and Travellers since its inception and serve as a trustee for both FFT and the Travellers Aid Trust.
I am based in Somerset.
There is a blog running alongside this site to assist the mapping process it is at the following address http://albionwayfarer.blogspot.com/?zx=63f5f49ce1c52987
Subpages (2): site loss maps Survey
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