Welcome To Scotland The Map

So what do we collectively know about Scotland and all the fundamental building blocks that make it up, where are those knowledge resources in the public domian, and, most importantly, how do you access them now – and in the future – so you can you use them to benefit yourself / organisation / community / project?

ScotlandTheMap is a ground-breaking, national mapping project virtually connecting online knowledge resources about the ‘key building blocks’ of the nation, by visually connecting them in digital knowledge maps. This makes them easier to discover, understand & utilise, which benefits potential users, producers, and the nation as a whole.

We achieve this using our unique mix of professional information hunting & cartography skills and MindManager, the world leading information mapping software. The resulting HTML knowledge maps – which you are free to view, download & share on this site – open in any modern browser, on any device, without the need for any plugins.

We welcome your feedback & suggestions for subjects for future maps, or other definitive / official / plain old useful 🙂 knowledge resources to link to (as long as they’re freely accessible in the public domain). We are also keen to collaborate with like minded organisations, communities & projects for the benefit of the common good.

Angus McDonald

Scotland The Map Project Director and Knowledge Mappers Founder & CEO

Anybody can view the html version of our knowledge maps online from within the individual map posts, however to download the HTML5 file – for viewing on or offline in any modern browser, on any device, without additional plugins – you will need to register for basic membership (it’s free 🙂 To download the original map in MindManager (.mmap) format – for amending, adapting & repurposing in MindManager software – you will need PRO membership, available for a modest annual, or one off lifetime, fee. Already joined? Login below.

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To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

Nicolaus Copernicus
16th Century Mathematician & Astronomer
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Tae ken that we ken whit we ken, and tae ken that we dinnae ken whit we dinnae ken, that's whit it's aw aboot, ye ken?

Rab C. Nesbitt
Contemporary Scottish Philosopher
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And whilst we're aboot it, tae ken where the hell ye get haud of whit ye need to ken, when ye need to ken it, if ye dinnae ken it awready?

Rab C. Nesbitt
Contemporary Scottish Philosopher
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These knowledge maps show the building blocks of Scotland as they exist today, but they can also be used to strategically think about what could be in the future, and operationally plan the delivery of what will be tomorrow.

Angus McDonald
Scotland The Map Project Director and Knowledge Mappers Founder & CEO
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The task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.

Erwin Schrodinger
Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist & Cat Owner (Part-time)
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A map is the greatest of all epic poems. It's lines and colours show the realisation of great dreams.

Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor
'Father of Photo-Journalism' & 1st Full-Time Editor Of National Geographic Magazine

ScotlandTheMap In A Nutshell...

Digital knowledge mapping with MindManager software is the only technique we know of that can simultaneously record the existence of potentially 100’s of real world ‘things’, 1000’s of knowledge resources about them, the ‘big picture’ contextual relationship between them and in which they are found, ‘where they are’ online (ie. their ‘URL’), and a lot more besides…

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Over time the ScotlandTheMap project aims to build up an online library of digital but tangible, robust , flexible, visually structured knowledge maps of the key national building blocks of Scotland, which act both as a visual register of the blocks and a portal to definitive / official / plain old useful knowledge resources about them available in the public domain that will fulfull a number of objectives…

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Capture all the individual ‘building blocks’ of the nation from definitive registers as ‘seed points’ in visually structured knowledge maps using MindManager, the market leading information mapping software, and our ‘information cartography’ skills. A single map will cover the whole of Scotland for a given subject, even down to local community level.

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Hunt down public domain official / definitive / plain old useful knowledge resources about the building blocks online, and add them as sub-branches to the seed points in the map along the with hyperlinks to their URL’s. Thus as well as being a visually structured, cartographically designed, intuitive to navigate but instantly searchable index of all the ‘building blocks’ & potentially 100’s of knowledge resources about them, the map can take users straight to the latter in a couple of mouse clicks.

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MindManager has the unique capability to export knowledge maps in HTML5 format – viewable in any modern browser, on any device, without the need for additional plugins and, if downloaded, without the need for a further internet connection – so we publish & share our maps on the project website as HTML files for free, as well as native MindManager (.mmap) files for full feature viewing, amending & adapting – in whole or in part – for your own purposes in MindManager software (for a small annual or lifetime fee to help cover costs).

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However our maps are used – simple reference look-up, ‘blue sky’ strategic planning for the future, day to day operational planning – they ensure that individuals, organisations & communities with an interest in Scotland waste less time & energy hunting for the knowledge resources they need, or worse still recreating them themselves because they don’t know they already existed. Professionals & dedicated amateurs alike can therefore spend more of their time actually utilising the knowledge contained in the resources to achieve what they are trying to achieve.

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The nation also benefits when more of the knowledge resources about it – many produced at public expense – are utilised by more people. More people = more scrutiny, so as well as the positive boost to user metrics 🙂 this will improve the detection of errors, duplications, and gaps in the national knowledge base.

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ScotlandTheMap challenges our professional skills & tools on an ongoing basis, especially MindManager as it is continually evolving so there’s always something new to test with a view to improving our map making process. In particular it gives us a testbed for it’s Information Cartography & HTML Map Publishing features, as well for the use of WordPress as a Map Sharing Platform. It also provides an opportunity for us to give something back to the hard working knowledge resource users and producers of the nation 🙂

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Knowledge Mapped So Far...

It’s taken us a wee while to develop the optimum techniques for capturing the different types of national building blocks in a knowledge map (and we’re continually iterating). Here’s what we’ve captured so far…

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Scottish Local Councils
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Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards
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Scottish Local Councillors
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UK Parliament Constituencies (out of 650)
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UK Parliament Members (MP's) (out of 650)
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UK Parliament General Election

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Here’s the building blocks we’re working on capturing right now…

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Scottish Regional Health Boards
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Scottish Health & Social Care Partnerships
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Accident & Emergency Units
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Hospitals
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GP Practices
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GP Surgeries
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Pharmacies
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Dental Services
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Optician Services
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Nursing Homes
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Scottish Government
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Scottish Parliament Constituencies
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Scottish Parliament Members (MSP's)
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Scottish Community Councils
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National Performance Framework Indicators

In Our Sights...

The thing with building blocks is there’s a lot of them. Here’s some of what we’d like to capture as the ScotlandTheMap project progresses…

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Cinemas
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Festivals
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Museums
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Theatres & Concert Halls
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Battlefields
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Gardens & Designed Landscapes
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Historic Marine Protected Areas
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Scheduled Monuments
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World Heritage Sites
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Foodstuffs With Protected Status
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Local Education Authorities
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Curriculum For Excellence
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State Primary Schools
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State Secondary Schools
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State Special Needs Schools
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Independent Schools
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Further Education Colleges
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Higher Education Universities
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International Ramsar sites
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Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI's)
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National Nature Reserves (NNRs)
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Local Nature Reserves (NNRs)
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National Parks
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National Scenic Areas
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Munro Montain Tops
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Community Planning Partnerships
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Alcohol and Drug Partnerships
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Strategic Public Social Partnerships
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Youth Parliament
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Rural Parliament
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Citizens Assembly
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Housing Associations
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Airports
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Major Sea Ports
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Railway Stations
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Nuclear Power Stations (2 still operating)
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Coal-Fired Power Stations (0 still operating)
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Gas/Diesel/Oil-Fired Power Stations (5 still operating)
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Hydro-Electric Power Stations
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Onshore Wind Farms (1,438 turbines)
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Offshore Wind Farms (149 turbines)
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Wave Farms
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Biomass Power Stations
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Waste-Fired Power Stations
A map is the greatest of all epic poems. It's lines and colours show the realisation of great dreams.

Featured Knowledge Map

Scottish 'National Local' Council Maps

The geographies of Scotland’s 32 Local Council Areas dominates Scottish public life – whether that be through the planning & delivery of essential / life enhancing services to local communities via Planning Partnerships, Health & Social Care Partnerships etc., or democratic oversight & accountability via the election of local councilors to electoral wards & community councils (the next ‘tier’ down, but still facilitated by Local Councils).

However because of the diverse geographic nature of Scotland, the disparate sizes of ‘equivelant administrative units’, the number of people & entities involved, the variations in the way things are done locally etc., ‘national overview of ‘what’s what’ at local level everywhere’ resources are very difficult & time consuming to produce, so those that do exist tend to be very narrowly focused in scope.

But what if there was some way of connecting together those ‘national overview’ resources that do exist, with ALL the locally produced local knowledge resources, to make a single body of ‘national local’ knowledge accessible to all? Something like a visually rich, information dense, hierarchically structured, intuitive to navigate, easy to share, ‘single, clickable index’ knowledge map perhaps?

Thus knowledge mapping Scotland’s Local Councils, their administrative & electoral geographies and associated bodies has been one of the first priorites of the ScotlandtheMap project, and over time they will be used as the framework upon which we will build a comprehensive virtual library of ‘national local’ knowledge.

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Scottish Local Councils General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas

This Scottish Local Councils General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas (19 Sep 2019) ‘visually connects’ together general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about ALL of Scotland’s 32 Local Councils for the very first time ever in a single, information rich, intuitive to navigate, easy to share, digital document. With thumbnail location maps & other embedded ‘geo-statistical’ contextual knowledge, and 100’s of hyperlinks to official / definitive / ‘plain old useful’ knowledge resources available in the public domain, this map will help you to discover what you need to know about Scotland’s Local Councils. It’s also the base upon which we will build many other Scottish ‘national local’ knowledge maps.

If you are new to our knowledge maps then please browse the HTML Map Mini Guide first before viewing the map itself. Visit the map post page itself and you can also see a summary of the map content, the main features, and some fun facts 😉 Please provide your feedback, or suggest additional content, in the map comments, and please also share it with your networks. You can also find other maps using the map finder panel, or the map of maps.

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View / Download Options

Anybody can view the html version of the map as a standalone webpage in a new browser tab, using the ‘View HTML map full screen’ button below. Ordinarily to download the HTML5 file – for viewing on or offline in any modern browser, on any device, without additional plugins – you would need to register for basic membership (it’s free 🙂 However for this featured map you don’t even have to do that (but it would be nice to see you back again if you find it useful). Likewise to download the map in MindManager (.mmap) format – for viewing, amending, adapting & repurposing in MindManager software – you would need to have upgraded to PRO membership for a modest annual, or one off lifetime, fee (to help us keep the ScotlandtheMap project going). Already joined? Login here.

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Knowledge Map Mini Guide

More About Digital Knowledge Mapping

For those of you unfamiliar with the digital knowledge mapping process, here are just some of the features and benefits …

Work visually

Work with information ‘visually' in a form that's easier and more intuitive to navigate, assimilate & share

Connect Virtually

Connect together 1000's of otherwise physically unconnected & disparate knowledge resources virtually around 'seed points' in a single, visually structured, digital document - if it’s got a URL, it can be linked to in a map!

Connect Quickly

Quickly build & share 'clickable index maps' of libraries of visually connected digital knowledge resources, making them instantly accessible

Retain Context

Record the fine detail but retain 'the big picture' context, all in the one, hierarchicaly structured document

Record Everything

Create BIG maps, with 1000's of branches

Flexible Knowledge Frameworks

Create 'knowledge framework basemaps' that are useful, contextual knowledge resources in their own right, but that anybody can add further information to in the future to make more specialised knowledge maps (just like 'layers' on top of a geographic map)'

Map Finder Panel

Use the tools in this panel, which is included on every page (as is the sticky menu at the top of every page) – to find the maps you are looking for. You can do a free text search, or filter by category, tag or publication date. Alternatively you can just browse the ‘All Map Listing’, or the ‘knowledge map of knowledge maps’ at the foot of this (and every) page for one that catches your eye.

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