UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (14 Oct 2019)
Scotland has 59 out of the total 650 consituencies that make up the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster, to which a single member (‘MP’) is elected every 5 years or so very roughly speaking (the last UK General Election was 8th June 2017). Obviously this is a political process with an unpredictable outcome, but this map is about visually connecting the general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about ALL of the constituencies that remain valid no matter who is currently elected, all together in a single, information rich, intuitive to navigate, easy to share, digital document.
There is a knowledge seed branch for every constituency in Scotland, arranged alphabetically in 7 columns of approximately equal sizes to form a rich visually structured framework. Embedded within each is a contextual thumbnail location map and basic ‘facts & figures’ – some publicly available (after a bit of a hunt), and others we have derived ourselves. Seeing the ‘Area’, ‘Population’ and ‘Population Density’ figures for all constituencies side by side makes for interesting comparison.
Collections of sub-branches of links to general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about each constituency – with multiple selected links also attached to the seed branches – complete this first ever national local knowledge map of all Scotland’s UK Parliament constituencies. It also provides a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which to build other maps in the future and, with yet another UK General Election a looming possibility, that future is probably not that far away…
Our UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas is the ideal starting point for ‘thumb & brain friendly’ desktop (or even ‘in the field’) research for anyone with an interest in any, or all, of Scotland’s 59 UK Parliamentary (‘Westminster’) Constituencies. It is made up of a visual framework of…
59 Scottish UK Parliamentary Constituencies general knowledge seed branches – with unique identifying codes, embedded thumbnail location map image and contextual general ‘facts & figures’ such as geographic area and population as single data fields, as well as attached multiple hyperlinks to core general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources, and index markers that also tag them with some of the contextual knowledge.
Each of these individual constituency seed branches also has collections of sub-branches, each with a single hyperlink to official / definitive / plain old useful General, Geographic or Electoral knowledge resources about it found in the public domian.
General Knowledge Resource Link Collection – This includes the Constituency Representation page on the UK Parliament website, data dashboard profiles from the House of Commons Library and the the Scottish Government Statistics Portal, and the Wikipedia article on the UK Parliament constituency.
Geographic Knowledge Resource Link Collection – This includes the official Boundary Commission for Scotland – Fifth Review Constituency Map [PDF & online viewer] and location map on the UK Parliament Constituency page.
Electoral Knowledge Resource Link Collection – This includes election results (for the most recent elections) pages on BBC News, the UK Parliament and the Wikipedia main article on the Parliament constituency, as well as crowd sourced details on the candidates standing in the constituency at each UK PGeneral Election since 2010 on the Who Can I Vote For? by Democracy Club website.
Together these elements establish a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which we can build many other maps about the ‘national local’ building blocks of Scotland based on UK Parliamentary Constituencies in the future.
MindManager Users – As with all our maps, the MindManager (.mmap) version of this map is also both a base map to add your own content to, or a source of content that can be added to your own existing maps.
Explore the other tabs for comprehensive descriptions of the knowledge seed branches and knowledge link collections that make up this knowledge atlas map….
Here are some of the ‘fun facts’ 😉 about Scotland’s 59 (out of a total of 650) United Kindom Parliament Constituencies that we have discovered (and embedded!) during the process of creating this map…
Glasgow North Consituency
Ross, Skye and Lochaber Constituency
Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency
Linlithgow and East Falkirk Constituency
Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency
Edinburgh North and Leith Constituency
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 United Kingdom Parliament Scottish Contituencies General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas (14 Oct 2019) …
Big Map With 100's Of Branches & Links And Capacity For Plenty More
With 1,820 knowledge resource links over 1,432 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 subject. Thanks to MindManager’s unique capabilities it has plenty of spare capacity for further content to be added in the future.
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.
Visually Rich 'General Knowledge Seed' Branch For Each Of Scotland's 59 UK Parliment Constituencies
The 2nd level branches are ‘knowledge seed points’ for each Scottish United Kingdom Parliament Constituencies, 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 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 constituencies – all coastlal (ie. island), mixed or all land (ie. landlocked). The full list of visual knowledge embedded within this seed topic is given in the map summary above.
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). The full list of data embedded within this seed topic is given in the map summary above.
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 this seed topic is given in the map summary above.
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 this seed topic is given in the map summary above.
Sub-Branch Collections Of Single Links To Public Domain Knowledge Resources
The Scottish United Kingdom Parliament Constituencies sub-branch collections – each with a single hyperlink to official / definitive / at least practical & useful online knowledge resources – are grouped into related collections for ‘general’, ‘geographic’ and ‘electoral’ knowledge resources. These are starting points for knowledge discovery and subsequent more detailed (‘desktop’) research. (MindManager software users have the advantage of being able to add to these branches as they go). The full list of links in the sub-branch collections attached to this seed branch is given in the map summary above.
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.
'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.
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.)