UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (16 Dec 2019)

UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (16 Dec 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 (I know, let’s not go there…). 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 the 2nd edition of 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, UK Parliamentary Constituency based maps – such as for parliament members (MP’s), or the General Elections at which they are elected.

**NEW FOR 2nd EDITION (v1.1) – Updated with links to resources about the results for the 2019 General Election that took place on December 12th. Note the first edition of this map was published a couple of days prior to parliament dissolving for the general election.**

Angus McDonald

Scotland The Map Project Director and Knowledge Mappers Founder & CEO

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Map Summary

UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (16 Dec 2019)

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UK Paliament Constituencies in Scotland (out of a total of 650)
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Links to knowledge resources
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Map Branches

Description

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 (I know, let’s not go there…). 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 the 2nd edition of 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, UK Parliamentary Constituency based maps – such as for parliament members (MP’s), or the General Elections at which they are elected.

**NEW FOR 2nd EDITION (v1.1) – Addition to the 1st version of this map of links to resources about the results for the 2019 General Election that took place on December 12th.**

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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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UK Parliamentary Scottish Constituency 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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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 59 (out of a total of 650) United Kindom Parliament Constituencies that we have discovered (and embedded!) during the process of creating this map…

Geographic Area

Smallest & Largest

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sq km

Glasgow North

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sq km

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Population (2018 Est)

Smallest & Largest

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people

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

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people

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Population Density

Smallest & Largest

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people per sq km

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

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people per sq km

Glasgow Central

Borders With Neighbouring Electoral Wards

With respect to land & sea

All Coastal Borders

(ie. 'Islands')

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UK Parliament Constituencies

Land & Coastal Borders

(ie. 'Mixed')

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UK Parliament Constituencies

All Land Borders

(ie. 'Land-Locked')

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UK Parliament Constituencies

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 United Kingdom Parliament Scottish Contituencies General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas (16 Dec 2019)​

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Big Map With 100's Of Branches & Links And Capacity For Plenty More

With 2,004 knowledge resource links over 1,509 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.

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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 2nd level Scottish United Kingdom Parliament Constituency branches arranged alphabetically in 7 groups of approximately equal sizes to pack as much in to a ‘single screen view’ as possible.

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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.

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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). The full list of data embedded within this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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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 this seed topic 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 this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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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.

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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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