UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – 2019 General Election Knowledge Atlas CANDIDATES (21 Nov 2019)

UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – 2019 General Election Knowledge Atlas CANDIDATES (21 Nov 2019)

NOTE – There is still 3 weeks of campaigning to go until General Election Day on Thursday December 12th, which means there’s still time plenty of time for candidate ‘situations’ as listed on this map to change (eg. being disowned by their party!) 🙁 , but also for more knowledge resources about them to be added to the public domain 🙂

Candidate nominations for the forthcoming 2019 General Election closed at 4pm on Friday 11th November, 7 days after the parliament was dissolved (view the whole election timetable here). But who’s standing in your constituency, and what do they stand for? This map helps you find out as it includes links to all the knowledge resources you need about all the candidates standing in Scotland.

We have re-purposed the latest ‘UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies & Members Political Knowledge Atlas’ to visually connect knowledge resources about all 292 candidates standing in Scotlands 59 constituencies, for the benefit of voters. Seed branches for the incumbent MP’s (including the 2 not seeking re-election), and the 10 candidates that have previously been MP’s (2 of them for other constituencies), are retained from the basemap, with all their embedded & attached political knowledge resources. New seed branches for the remaining 225 candidates have been created, with a single link to their page on ‘Who Can I Vote For?’, the crowd-sourced UK election candidate knowledge resource platform.

We have also included a sub-link collection of the best online sources of results, which we will be consulting to populate the ‘2019’ column added to the embedded ‘Recent Election Results’ spreadsheet. The ‘Election Results’ version of this map will be published as soon as possible after all the constituency results have been declared.

NOTE – There is still 3 weeks of campaigning to go until General Election Day on Thursday December 12th, which means there’s still time plenty of time for candidate ‘situations’ as listed on this map to change (eg. being disowned by their party!) 🙁 , but also for more knowledge resources about them to be added to the public domain 🙂

Our UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – 2019 General Election Knowledge Atlas CANDIDATES is the ideal starting point for ‘thumb & brain friendly’ desktop (or even ‘in the field’) research for anyone with an interest in who is standing for election in the  forthcoming General Election on Thursday December 12th in any, or all, of Scotland’s 59 UK Parliamentary Constituencies. It is made up of visual framework of…

59 Scottish UK Parliamentary Constituencies political knowledge seed branches – with unique identifying codes, embedded thumbnail location map image and a spreadsheet table coloured by party showing the results (votes cast, winning majorities and turnout) of the most recent elections in the constituency with a newly inserted blank column for the 2019 ones, 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.

59 All Candidates Collection knowledge seed branch – gathers the candidate knowledge seed branches as sub-branches, with an embedded single data field showing the number of candidates standing in the constituency.

67 Incumbent or Recent MPs Seeking Election Candidate political knowledge seed branches – these are as previously mapped by us and so retain all their embedded and attached knowledge – coloured by political party with their embedded official profile image, the sizes of their majorities previously won in the constituency as data fields, and notable changes in circumstance since they were last elected recorded as a branch note, as well as attached multiple hyperlinks to ‘Official Parliamentary’ (eg. official profile page(s) & entry in the register of members interests), ‘Official Party & MP Controlled’ and ‘Externally Controlled’ knowledge resources, and index markers that also tag them with some of that contextual knowledge

225 Other Candidate political knowledge seed branches – these are coloured by political party with their embedded official profile image (if available), and attached index markers that also tag them with some basic contextual knowledge. However there is only 1 attached hyperlink, which is to their candidate page on the Who Can I Vote For? website, with varying additional crowd-sourced knowledge and links to other knowledge resources.

59 All Results Collection knowledge seed branch – gathers the election results knowledge resource links collection branches as sub-branches, which have already been ‘tee-ed up’ by their creators to be populated by the 2019 results (though it remains to be seen how soon after the event!).

Together these elements establish a comprehensive & robust visual knowledge framework upon which we can create a results map as soon practicably posssible after they are all declared (hopefully within hours), but longer term many other maps about the ‘national local’ building blocks of Scotland based on the political makeup of 2019 UK Parliamentary Constituencies and their elected members (MP’s) 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 the 2019 General Election in Scotland’s 59 United Kindom Parliament Constituencies that we have discovered (and embedded!) during the process of creating this map…

Candidates

292 candidates from 15 different parties standing across the 59 constituencies

By Political Party

Candidates - SNP: 59 LDP: 59 Lab: 59 Grn: 26 Con: 59 Oth: 34

By Gender

Candidates - Female: 117 Male: 175

By Electoral History

Incumbent MP's

57 out of 59 standing for re-election

By Political Party

MP's - SNP: 35 LDP: 4 Lab: 7 Con: 13

By Gender

MP's - Female: 15 Male: 44

By Majority

0
votes

Edinburgh South [Lab]

0
votes

North East Fife [SNP]

2Constituencies

59 Scottish constituencies out of 650 total for UK

Geographic Area

Smallest & Largest

0
sq km

Glasgow North

0
sq km

Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Population

Smallest & Largest

0
people

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

0
people

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Population Density

Smallest & Largest

0
people per sq km

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

0
people per sq km

Edinburgh North and Leith Constituency

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 UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies – 2019 General Election Knowledge Atlas CANDIDATES (21 Nov 2019)​

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

With 4,919 knowledge resource links over 3,777 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 political ‘knowledge seed points’ for individual United Kingdom Parlaiment constituencies. They contain the name & official constituency 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 of the results by party for the most recent (half dozen or so) General Elections & by-elections, coloured by party, as well as multiple hyperlinks to public domain general, geographic & electoral knowledge resources about the constituency.
The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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Embedded Spreadsheet Contains 'Recent' General Election Results For The Constituency

Data features embedded within seed branches – like spreadsheets, charts & data fields (another unique MindManager feature) – provide another ‘channel’ of knowledge that adds context to the more detailed knowledge contained in the public domain resources linked to in the map. The embedded spreadsheet is a table of the results by party for the most recent General Elections & by-elections, coloured by party. Results go back to 1997 at most ie. 20 years or so (though a few consituencies were only formed in 2005 at the last boundary review). As well as the results for each party candidate, the turnout, and the majority of the winning candidate are also recorded. An additional column has been added for the 2019 General Election results, which will be populated in the ‘Election Results’ version of this map (published as soon as possible after December 12th). The colouring by party gives a simple ‘at a glance’ recent electoral history of the constituency, whilst the attached multiple hyperlinks to electoral knowledge resources will provide more detail as required.
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 About Constituency

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 the map is re-purposed. This is the case for this map, where the multiple hyperlinks attached to the constituency seed branches are selected from the sublink collections in the latest United Kingdom Parliament Scottish Constituencies – General, Geographic & Electoral Knowledge Atlas.
The full list of multiple knowledge resource hyperlinks attached to 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 Of Constituencies

Constituency 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 2019 General Election Public Domain Knowledge Resources

The ‘main content’ of the map is contained in sub-branch collections off of the United Kingdom Parliament Scottish Constituencies seed branches. There are 2 collections – one for knowledge resources about all the candidates standing for election in the constituency, and one for the constituency election results (which are usually ‘keyed up’ in anticipation by this stage in the general election process). 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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Seed Branches For All Candidates Standing In The Election In The Constituency

Candidate nominations for the 2019 General Election closed at 4pm on Friday 11th November, 7 days after the parliament was dissolved (view the timetable here). By now candidates should have their online presence established if they didn’t have one already. The Who Can I Vote For? crowd-sourced website is a great starting point online.

*An asterisk indicates noteworthy changes in circumstances of the candidate since the close of nominations, 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.

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Incumbent & Previously Elected MP Seed Branches Have Full Embedded & Attached Knowledge

The incumbent MP’s – and any candidates that have previously been MP’s – have the advantage of their record in office to stand on and, in this day and age, it’s pretty much fully preserved online. It’s also more than likely been captured in previously published editions of ourUK Parliament Scottish Constituencies & Members Political Knowledge Atlas, the ‘basemap’ we use to create this one. Thus we can re-use those seed branches & sub-link collections so that all the embedded & attached political knowledge resources for these previously elected candidates are retained in this map.
The full list of knowledge embedded within, and attached to, this seed topic is given in the map summary above.

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Embedded Data Fields Show All MP's Majorities

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. The data fields embedded in the incumbent or previously elected MP seed topic show their majorities every time they were successfully elected to represent the constituency. Note these may be not be consecutive as MP’s might lose their seat at one election and be re-elected at the next. Also there may be fewer majorities recorded for the MP than recent election victories for their party as previously incumbent MPs have not sought re-election. Some MP’s may also have represented other constituencies in the past.
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 the map is re-purposed. This is the case for this map, where the multiple hyperlinks attached to previously serving MP’s seed branches are selected from the sublink collections in the latest UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies & Members Political Knowledge Atlas.
The full list of multiple knowledge resource hyperlinks attached to the seed topics in this map 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 Members sub-branch collections – each with a single hyperlink to official / definitive / at least practical & useful online knowledge resources – are grouped into related collections for ‘Official Parliamentary’, ‘Official Party/MP Controlled’ and ‘Externally Controlled’ 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).
It should be noted that during the purdah period (between the old parliament being disolved and the new one declared) technically there are no longer any MPs and so some of the knowledge resources about them linked to are made unavailable temporarily. This situation has been exaserbated by the ongoing transitioning to a new UK Parliament website for some content whilst still running the existing one. Thus some links may not become available again even after the new parliament has convened (which we will sort out for the next edition of the UK Parliament Scottish Constituencies & Members Political Knowledge Atlas once everything has ‘setled down’).
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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Other Candidate Seed Branches Link To Their WhoCanIVoteFor? Crowd-Sourced Website

For the remaining candidates that haven’t been MP’s before, we have created new seed branches. As well as their official photo (or not in the case of more elusive individuals), we have added a single link to their page on ‘Who Can I Vote For?‘, which contains crowd-sourced details of them as an election candidate in all UK elections going back to 2016 (plus the 2015 & 2010 general elections). Democracy Club, the charity that runs the site does it’s best, but for candidiates in this category, the information about them can be ‘sketchy’ in some cases (or even non-existant, not even a photo…, nothing…, nada…, diddly squat… you get the picture). Like all good crowd-sourcing sites, there are facilities for you to add any knowledge that you have about them for the benefit of everybody.
Note for most candidates there is additional information, like website adresses and social media accounts ie. the sort of information that is already present in the map for MP’s. However due to the short time window available to make the map, which is the only time it is really valid for, we have made the executive descisiion that it is not a good use of our resources to capture this for 225 additional people. In reality most of them will not be one of the elected MPs so most of the newly collected knowledge would be redundant.

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Incumbent MP Not Seeking Re-Election Seed Branch Retained For Voter Reference

For this election there are only 2 incumbent MP’s that are not seeking re-election (for a variety of reasons… let’s not go there…). We have included their seed branch with it’s full range of embedded and attached knowledge resources as a sub-branch of their replacement candidate for the party. If voters have access to the full picture of what has gone before, it may give an insight of what might happen in the future…

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Index Marker Tag Groups Enable Map Filtering Of Candidates By Criteria

All candidate branches in the map are tagged with ‘index markers’ from several CANDIDATE specific  ‘marker groups’. This enables the map branches to be filtered by candidate party, gender, electoral history (ie. which elections they have successfully been elected in previously) and electoral status (eg. incumbent MP seeking re-election). (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 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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'Voter Help For Scottish Elections Branch' With Links To Useful Resources

The ‘Voter Help For Scottish Elections’ branch has links to useful links to help you registering to vote, find out which Local Council Electoral Ward, Scottish Parliament Constituency & Region or UK Parliament Constituency you live in, notice of any upcoming elections in your area and where to vote in them, and what the voting record for your incumbent MP’s or MSP’s.

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