IIDI, represented by Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan, have won a contract with the Improvement Service to build a Community Council Location Finder website to allow users to search for nearby Community Councils, and learn which are currently functional. The project team includes Dr Martin Graham, who has extensive experience in data visualisation.
This project is being funded as a proof-of-concept by the Improvement Service, who had learned of Bruce and Peter’s previous research and were keen to tap into Edinburgh Napier’s visualisation and informatics expertise.
Previous research had found that over 20% of the 1400 possible community councils were not active in 2012 – but there is currently no publicly available place citizens can visit to find out about their community council.
The website being developed will help answer that need, and will allow people to get in contact their local community council, supporting local democracy in Scotland.
The code could be extended in future projects –for instance to add in layers of information relevant to researchers and activists, such as the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), geographical and political boundaries, educational infrastructure, and hence help contextualise the performances of different community councils.