Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (9 Oct 2019)

Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (9 Oct 2019)

There are 1,227 Local Councillors elected to 354 multi (3 or 4)-member Electoral Wards in Scotland’s 32 Local Councils every 5 years. Though these politicians fundamentally affect our lives on a day-to-day basis through enacting their own party’s local policies, and their oversight of bodies delivering essential services at the local level, it’s difficult to get the big picture AND the detail, AND how both have changed over time, in the one source. This first ever ‘national local’ political knowledge atlas map of Scotland helps solve that problem.

Based on our first ever Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas, the embedded contextual data fields in the seed branches for each individual electoral ward & the wards as a whole are now replaced by spreadsheet tables quantifying the number of councillors by party at the ward and whole council level, as well as the overall political control, whilst the attached multiple links to general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources are retained.

There are also now knowledge seed branches for all the current Local Councillors in each ward, with those that have retired or died since they were last elected retained as sub-branches for reference. As well as their official portrait picture, there are attached links to their official profile page(s) & entry in the register of members interests. Notable changes in circumstance since they were last elected are recorded as a branch note.

All elements are coloured by party when appropriate to complete this first ‘national local’ political knowledge map of Local Councils, Electoral Wards and Local Councillors in Scotland. It will provide us with a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which to build many other maps about the building blocks of Scotland based on local councillors & ward areas in the future.

Angus McDonald

Scotland The Map Project Director and Knowledge Mappers Founder & CEO

Map

The options to view / download this Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors Political Knowledge Atlas (9 Oct 2019) map are in the panel below. If you are new to our maps then please browse the Knowledge Map Mini Guide first before viewing / downloading. Further down this page you can also see a summary of the map content, the main features, and some fun facts 😉 we discovered when compiling it. 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 this map as a standalone, full-screen webpage in a new browser tab, using the ‘View HTML map full screen’ button below. However to download the HTML5 file – for viewing on-, or off-, line 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 here.

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**NOTE – This ‘visually rich’ knowledge map has a large number of ‘seed branches’ which, with their associated embedded images, greatly increases the size of the HMTL file when they are all included.  So users on slower internet connections and/or more limited capacity devices such as mobile phones can still work with it, we have removed varying amount of the image content and made the map available as ‘hi-fi’ (no images removed), ‘mid-fi’ (all 1,227 local councillor images removed) and ‘lo-fi’ (all ward location maps removed) versions. All versions can be accessed below.**

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'Lo-Fi' Map

‘Lo-Fi’ – Minimal image content. Those deemed essential for user navigation – logos and thumbnail location maps on Local Council branches – are retained, but all other images have been removed to reduce the file size.

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'Hi-Fi' Map

‘Hi-Fi’ – Full Iimage content. All the images included in the original, full version of the map when created are included. ‘Hi-Fi’ maps are probably best avoided when looking on mobile devices of more limited capacity, but that is not to say that they can’t be, and that they do not work fine once they have loaded. It will just take longer for them to load, say 30s – 2 mins depending on the connection.

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Knowledge Map Mini Guide

Map Summary

Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors – Political Knowledge Atlas (9 Oct 2019)

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Scottish Local Councils
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Description

There are 1,227 Local Councillors elected to 354 multi (3 or 4)-member Electoral Wards in Scotland’s 32 Local Councils every 5 years. Though these politicians fundamentally affect our lives on a day-to-day basis through enacting their own party’s local policies, and their oversight of bodies delivering essential services at the local level, it’s difficult to get the big picture AND the detail, AND how both have changed over time, in the one source. This first ever ‘national local’ political knowledge atlas map of Scotland helps solve that problem.

Based on our first ever Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas, the embedded contextual data fields in the seed branches for each individual electoral ward & the wards as a whole are now replaced by spreadsheet tables quantifying the number of councillors by party at the ward and whole council level, as well as the overall political control, whilst the attached multiple links to general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources are retained.

There are also now knowledge seed branches for all the current Local Councillors in each ward, with those that have retired or died since they were last elected retained as sub-branches for reference. As well as their official portrait picture, there are attached links to their official profile page(s) & entry in the register of members interests. Notable changes in circumstance since they were last elected are recorded as a branch note.

All elements are coloured by party when appropriate to complete this first ‘national local’ political knowledge map of Local Councils, Electoral Wards and Local Councillors in Scotland. It will provide us with a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which to build many other maps about the building blocks of Scotland based on local councillors & ward areas in the future.

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'Knowledge Seed' Branches

With embedded features and attached multiple hyperlinks & index marker tags, ‘seed branches’ provide a ‘base level’ of contextual knowledge resources about the subject, which is retained if the seed branch is repurposed / used in other maps in future.

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**NOTE – This ‘visually rich’ knowledge map has a large number of ‘seed branches’ which, with their associated embedded images, greatly increases the size of the HMTL file when they are all included.  So users on slower internet connections and/or more limited capacity devices such as mobile phones can still work with it, we have removed varying amount of the image content and made the map available as ‘hi-fi’ (no images removed), ‘mid-fi’ (all 1,227 local councillor images removed) and ‘lo-fi’ (all ward location maps removed) versions. All versions can be accessed from the map viewing / download options panel.**

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Scottish Local Council Seed Branch

All Local Council Electoral Wards Seed Branch

Individual Electoral Ward Seed Branch

Individual Local Councillors Seed Branch

Knowledge Resource Link Collections

The links to official / definitive / ‘plain old useful’ public domain knowledge resources contained in these branches is the main focus of this map. Each link is attached to a single sub-branch which desctibes what it is, with sub-branches grouped into related collections, such as ‘General Knowledge Resources’ or ‘Geographic Knowledge Resources’.  This makes for easier, more ‘thumb friendly’ browsing & knowledge discovery. Sub-branches can easily become ‘seed points’ if users start adding newly new knowledge discovered during their browsing.

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**NOTE – There are no knowledge link collection sub-branches in this map at the moment, only multiple hyperlinks on seed branches. With 1,227 councillors in Scotland, every potential additional link ‘type’ will added 1,227 more branches to the map. Aftr embedded images, additional branches are the next biggest factor affecting map handling performance. We will however experiment in future editions**

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Changelog

We are continually striving to find further, freely accessible in the public domain definitive / official / plain old useful 🙂 knowledge resources to link to in our maps, as well as keeping the existing links up to date. The changelogs below summarise the actions undertaken to initially create – and subsequently update – this knowledge map.

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Map Facts

Here are some of the ‘fun facts’ 😉 about Scotland’s 1,227 Local Councillors that we have discovered (and embedded!) during the process of creating this map…

Density by Geography

Smallest & Largest

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sq km per councillor

Hillhead Ward [Glasgow City Council]

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sq km per councillor

North, West and Central Sutherland Ward [Highland Council]

Population (2018 Est)

Smallest & Largest

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people

Lerwick North Ward [Shetland Islands Council]

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people

Southside/Newington Ward [City of Edinburgh Council]

Density by Population

Smallest & Largest

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people per councillor

An Taobh Siar agus Nis Ward [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar]

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people per councillor

Southside/Newington Ward [City of Edinburgh Council]

Gender Balance

All Councillors, Worst & Best

All Councillors

(362 out of 1,227 Female Councillors)

Councillors - Female: 362 Male: 865

Least Balanced

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Councillors - Female: 0 Male: 31

Most Balanced

Glasgow City Council

Councillors - Female: 30 Male: 55

Map Features

We take full advantage of MindManager’s many unique ‘information cartography’ features when creating our unique maps so we can pack in 1000’s of ‘bits’ of knowledge into a single, visually structured, intuitive to navigate document that can be easily shared. Here are the main features of this Scottish Local Councils, Electoral Wards & Local Councillors Political Knowledge Atlas (9 Oct 2019)

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Big Map With 1000's Of Branches & Links And Capacity For Plenty More

With 6,429 knowledge resource links over 2,010 branches, this map is a useful, contextual knowledge resource in it’s own right, as well as being a visually structured index of the best definitive / official / plain old useful knowledge resources available in the public domain about the political makeup of Scotland’s 1,227 Local Councillors, 354 Electoral Wards and 32 Local Councils. Thanks to MindManager’s unique capabilities it has plenty of spare capacity for further content to be added in the future.

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Main Branches Create Robust Visual Framework For 'Seed Branches'

The 1st level branches form the main (‘org-tree’) visual framework within which the map content of interest sits. It is a simple ‘A – Z’ layout, with the 32 Scottish Local Councils arranged alphabetically in 5 columns of approximately equal sizes to pack as much in to a ‘single screen view’ as possible.

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Visually Rich 'Knowledge Seed' Branch For Every Scottish Local Council

The 2nd level branches are ‘knowledge seed points’ for each Scottish Local Council, to which links to public domain knowledge resources about them are attached. Visually rich & information dense, they contain the name & official area identifier codes in variably formatted (‘rich’) text – a unique MindManager featue. Visually the combined logo & thumbnail location map image aids user navigation and provides spatial context, whilst the variation in topic shape indicates the status of the borders with neighbouring councils – all coastlal (ie. island), mixed or all land (ie. landlocked). The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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Visually Rich Electoral Wards, Local Councillors & Political Control 'Seed Branches'

The 3rd level branches are ‘knowledge seed points’ for the political make up of the Local Council, both in terms of wards – there is a good quality thumbnail image (ie. still readable & usable when zoomed in) of the official Local Government Boundary Commission ward overview map to provide spatial context – whilst a table shows the current total local councillors by party, coloured by party. The political control of the council is also shown – be it an overall majority rule by one party group, a minority administration or a coalition between 2 or more party groups (including ‘independent’ councillors). There are also multiple hyperlinks to public domain general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about the council wards as a whole. The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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Visually Rich 'Poilitical Knowledge Seed' Branch For Each Of Scotland's 334 Electoral Wards

The 4th level branches are political ‘knowledge seed points’ for individual electoral wards. As for the ‘Local Council’, they are a visually rich mixture of embedded and attached knowledge. They contain the name & official ward identifier codes in variably formatted (‘rich’) text, and a thumbnail location map image to aid user navigation and provide spatial context. This is supplemented by the variation in topic shape, which indicates the status of the borders with neighbouring electoral wards – all coastlal (ie. island), mixed or all land (ie. landlocked). There is also a table showing the current total local councillors by party, coloured by party, as well as multiple hyperlinks to public domain general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about the ward. The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

*An asterisk indicates noteworthy happenings in the ward since the last Local Council Election – such as the resignation / death of a councillor and the subsequent by-election to elect their successor – which are recorded in the attached topic note.

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Visually Rich 'Political Knowledge Seed' Branch For Each Of Scotland's 1,227 Currently Elected Local Councillors

The 5th level branches are ‘knowledge seed points’ for individual Local Councillors, coloured by their poitical party allegiance. They contain the councillors name prefixed by ‘Cllr’ and suffixed by their party allegiance in brackets, as well as a thumbnail of their official portrait picture. Their ward and council names are also included to make it easier to keep track of ‘who’s who and where’s where’ when many councillor branches are open on screen at one time. There are also multiple hyperlinks to public domainl knowledge resources about the councillor. This is currently limited to their official councillor page, which will contain a variable amount of useful information depending on the individual council. There is also a link to their official register of interests if it is not contained within their main page. The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

*An asterisk indicates noteworthy changes in circumstances of the local councillor since the last Local Council Election, which are recorded in the attached topic note. This could be losing the support of their party, on a temporary or permamnent basis, or their resignation or death. If they are no longer a councillor the reason why will be shown in [square brackets] and all the text will be in italics. Eventually they will be moved to become a sub-branch of their successor once the by-election has taken place.

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Attached Multiple Hyperlinks To Public Domain Knowledge Resources

Seed Branches have multiple hyperlinks attached to them (yet another unique feature of MindManager maps), which link to the best definitive / official / plain old useful knowledge resources available in the public domain about the subject. The ‘definable link text’ gives clarty as to the resource being linked to (which can be very variable if left to the default). As well as increasing the amount of knowledge that can be ‘squeezed’ into a map without increasing the ‘visual clutter’ of additional branches, it means these links can be retained if the seed branches are used in other maps, or this map is re-purposed. The full list of multiple knowledge resource hyperlinks attached to all the seed topics in this map is given in the map summary above.

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Index Marker Tag Groups Enable 'Geo Intelligent' & Other Map Filtering

Branches in the map may be tagged with one or more ‘index markers’ from one or more ‘marker groups’. These enable intelligent map filtering and quick navigation. Many of the tags are ‘geographic’ in nature such that branches are tagged with ‘where’ they are – eg. administrative or electoral areas. This gives the map in-built ‘spatial intelligence’ and the ability to be ‘geo-filtered’. (MindManager software users can copy and paste any of the marker groups in any other maps). The full list of index marker tags attached to  all the seed topics in this map is given in the map summary above.

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Embedded Data Elements Provide Additional Contextual Knowledge

Data features embedded within seed branches – like spreadsheets, charts & data fields (another unique MindManager feature) – provide another ‘channel’ of knowlegde that adds context to the more detailed knowledge contained in the public domain resources linked to in the map. Just like in a normal spreadsheet, some of the data field values may be ‘auto-calculated’ from the others using formulae, creating data not found elsewhere in the public domain. They can also be used to ‘conditionally format’ the map eg. colouring the branches based on a particular data value (the equivelant of ‘thematic mapping’ in GIS).

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Map Legend Branch Describes Each Topic 'Type' With Links To Further Information

Every map needs to have a legend that explains the cartographic structure, colours and symbology used. The ‘Map Legend’ branch describes the sub-components of each ‘type’ of map branch, with links to further knowledge resources where necessary.

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'Contributing Online Knowledge-bases Branch' With Links To Further Information

We hunt down and assess many official / definitive / at least practical & useful online knowledge resources in the process of creating our maps. The ‘Contributing Online Knowledge-bases’ branch has links to all the ones that are actually linked to in the main map content, as well as some others that are a good source of general knowledge about the subject. It is a frustrating fact of life that some resources are organised better than others, and not all are ‘linkable to’ at the individual ‘building block’ level and so can’t be included in seed branches.

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Built-in Topic Styles Enable Quick Visual Reformatting

The visual formatting of all the map elements is controlled via our structured system of topic styles, which makes for easier alteration ‘on the hoof’ and therefore quicker map building. (MindManager software users can change the appearance of the whole map with just a few clicks eg. to match their own ‘in-house’ style & branding.)

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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?

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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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