Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (30 Sep 2019)

Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas (30 Sep 2019)

There are 354 Electoral Wards in Scotland’s 32 Local Councils, to which 3 or 4 local councillors are elected every 5 years (the last Scottish National Local Election was 4th May 2017). Obviously this is a political process with an unpredictable outcome, but this map is about connecting the general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about electoral wards that remain valid no matter who is currently elected.

So building on the base framework of Local Council knowledge seed branches provided by our Scottish Local Councils General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas (19 Sep 2019), we have added a collection knowledge seed branch for all the wards in each council as a whole, with sub-branches of seed branches for each individual ward. Embedded within each of these is a high resolution thumbnail image of the official ward boundary map, as well as contextual ‘facts & figures’ such as geographic area and population – as well as some we’ve calculated ourselves using rudementary spatial analysis – in the form of data fields. Calculations for ‘Area Per Councillor’ or ‘Population Per Councillor’ – at whole council and individual ward level – make for interesting comparison, and as far as we know, are not available anywhere else in the public domain.

Also attached to all seed branches is a variety of index markers that tag them with some of the contextual knowledge and enable dynamic filtering to hide / show map content as well as aid internal navigation.

Collections of sub-branch links to general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about each individual ward, and the all the wards in each council as a whole – with the most essential of these attached to each seed branch – complete this first national knowledge map of every Local Council Electoral Ward in Scotland. Like the Local Council atlas, it establishes a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which we can build many other maps about the ‘national local’ building blocks of Scotland based on Local Council Electoral Ward Areas in the future.

Our Scottish Local Council Electoral Wards – 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 354 Local Council Electoral Wards. It is made up of a visual framework of…

32 Scottish Local Council general knowledge seed branches – with unique identifying codes, embedded logo & 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 knowledge resources, and index markers that also tag them with some of the contextual knowledge.

32 Local Council Electoral Wards as a Whole general knowledge seed branches – with embedded thumbnail ward overview map image, contextual general ‘facts & figures’ about wards as a whole such as geographic area and population per councillor as single data fields, as well as attached multiple hyperlinks to core general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources.

354 Local Council Electoral Ward general knowledge seed branches – with unique identifying codes, embedded thumbnail location map image, contextual general ‘facts & figures’ such as area and population per councillor 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 that contextual knowledge.

Each of these individual ward 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 local council’s website ‘Ward’ page(s) (if present), Councillors by Ward’ page (general ‘Councillors’ page if not present) & Individual ward profiles (if present), and the ward profile on the Scottish Government Statistics Portal.

Geographic Knowledge Resource Link Collection – This includes the local council’s website static or interactive viewer ward maps (if they have them), the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland Council Boundary Review, and Ward Boundary Map.

  Electoral Knowledge Resource Link Collection – This includes the local council’s website election results pages (not always linkable to at individual ward level), and the 2017 Scottish Council Election results at overall council and individual ward level on Professor Denis Mollison’s minisite and Wikipedia.

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 Local Council Electoral Ward Areas 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….

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Map Facts

Here are some of the ‘fun facts’ 😉 about Scotland’s 354 Local Council Electoral Wards that we have discovered (and embedded!) during the process of creating this map…

Geographic Area

Smallest & Largest

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sq km

Hillhead Ward [Glasgow City Council]

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sq km

Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Ward [Highland Council]

Population (2018 Est)

Smallest & Largest

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people

Lerwick North Ward [Shetland Islands Council]

0
people

Southside/Newington Ward [City of Edinburgh Council]

Population Density

Smallest & Largest

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people per sq km

North, West and Central Sutherland Ward [Highland Council]

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people per sq km

Hillhead Ward [Glasgow City Council]

Borders With Neighbouring Electoral Wards

With respect to land & sea

All Coastal Borders

(ie. 'Islands')

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Electoral Wards

Land & Coastal Borders

(ie. 'Mixed')

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Electoral Wards

All Land Borders

(ie. 'Land-Locked')

0
Electoral Wards

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 Council Electoral Wards General & Geographic Knowledge Atlas (30 Sep 2019)

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

With 5,512 knowledge resource links over 4,460 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 Scotland’s 354 Local Council Electoral Wards. Thanks to MindManager’s unique capabilities it has plenty of spare capacity for further content to be added in the future, or re-purposed as a basis for other maps.

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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 visual knowledge embedded within this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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Visually Rich 'Knowledge Seed' Branch For All Electoral Wards In The Local Council

The 3rd level branches are ‘knowledge seed points’ for the electoral wards that make up the Local Council, both as a whole and individually. Visually rich & information dense, they contain 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. Embedded data fields – many of them autocalculated and not available elsewhere in the public domain – give geodemographic context. There are also multiple hyperlinks to public domain knowledge resources about the 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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Whole Council & Individual Ward Knowledge Resource Sub-branch Collections

Knowledge resources about the council’s electoral wards are split into 2 sub-collections at ‘Whole Council’ and ‘Individual’ level.

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General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Resource Collections For All Wards As A Whole

The Council Electoral Wards as a whole 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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Visually Rich 'Knowledge Seed' Branch For Each Of Scotland's 354 Electoral Wards

As for the ‘Local Council’, the seed branches for each individual ward are a visually rich mixture of embedded and attached knowledge. They contain the name & official ward identifier codes in variably formatted (‘rich’) text, a thumbnail location map image aids user navigation and provides spatial context, aided by the variation in topic shape indicating the status of the borders with neighbouring councils – all coastlal (ie. island), mixed or all land (ie. landlocked. The data fields – many of them autocalculated and not available elsewhere in the public domain – provide geodemographic context, supplemented by the topic shape, which indicates the status of the borders with neighbouring councils – all coastlal (ie. island), mixed or all land (ie. landlocked). There are also multiple hyperlinks to the public domain general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources. The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Resource Collections For Each Individual Ward

The sub-branch collections for each individual Electoral Ward is the same as those for all wards as a whole – ‘general’, ‘geographic’ and  ‘electoral’ knowledge resources. 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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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). The full list of data embedded within all the seed topics in this map 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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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.
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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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