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Toilets of Scotland

Michael Spencer


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    <subfield code="a">&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: https://www.mountaineering.scot/assets/contentfiles/pdf/where-to-go-leaflet.pdf. Please also see the outdoor access code for Scotland: https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/.&lt;/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="https://www.openstreetmap.org"&gt;https://www.openstreetmap.org&lt;/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="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram"&gt;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram&lt;/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="https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners%27_guide"&gt;https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Beginners%27_guide&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</subfield>
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