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Toilets of Scotland

Michael Spencer

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    <title>Toilets of Scotland</title>
    <subject>Public services</subject>
    <date dateType="Issued">2020-06-17</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;Access to toilets is important for individual health and well being. Closing public toilets impacts local areas because visitors relieve themselves even if they cannot access facilities.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;These data visualisations were created in response to Covid 19 which caused the closure of public toilets. They were created using QGIS with open data from OpenStreetMap and Ordnance Survey.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;Mountaineering Scotland have an excellent guide on going to the toilet in the outdoors: Please also see the outdoor access code for Scotland:;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;I created two maps for toilets in Scotland. Both maps use the same toilet data - taken from OpenStreetMap (&lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;). OpenStreetMap is a community project, so data are only as good as submissions in a given area.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;The hex map was created by making a grid of hexagons with a diameter of approximately 6km and overlaying those over Scotland. I then counted the number of toilets within each hexagon and coloured the hexagon based on this count of toilets.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;For the voronoi map I plotted the toilet locations (purple dots) and then drew lines (orange) which bisected the space between each toilet. You can read more about voronoi diagrams here: &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;If local data are missing you can contribute this information to OpenStreetMap yourself, here&amp;#39;s a guide: &lt;a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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