About the data
This website provides interactive mapping of data from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. The map colours relate to each area's rank within Scotland as a whole, with the most deprived in red and the least deprived in dark blue. The areas used here are 'Data Zones', of which there are 6,505 in Scotland. These small areas contain between 500 and 1,000 people - see this link for more information. Data Zones are normally very small in densely populated urban areas (such as Glasgow) but can often cover very large areas in more rural locations (such as parts of the Highlands). Like any index, the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) contains a mixture of data from a number of different sources. The SIMD covers income, employment, health, education, housing, access, and crime. Most weight is given to income and employment factors but for more on that, see the Methodology page on the SIMD website.

Who made this site, and why?
This site was created by Alasdair Rae, a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. I have found the official Scottish Government interactive mapping site useful in some ways, but quite difficult to navigate and interact with so I decided to create this site using Google Sites and Google Fusion Tables (see below for more on this). I've done this before for a range of different datasets, of which you can read more on my blog. One of my main areas of research is about patterns of urban deprivation and another area is focused on mapping and spatial technologies, so I've combined the two to create this site. If you want to find out more about my work, including academic papers I have published, you can do so via this page. I also often tweet about my work so if you're into that kind of thing click the image below.

Technical information
I created the maps on this website using Google Fusion Tables. What is/are Google Fusion Tables? Google Fusion Tables is a relatively new (and still experimental) Google technology which is available to anyone with a Google account. It allows users - and mapping specialists - to easily and simply create shareable, interactive maps overlaid on top of the standard Google Maps interface. If you're a relatively experienced GIS user and you are good with data then you might find it worth your while exploring how to produce maps in this way. Take a look at an entry from my blog as a starting point if you want to find out more. For further details on how to get graphs in the info windows (that is, the little pop up bubble you see when you click the map) see this entry from my blog. More generally I recommend that if you want to get into this you start off by looking at the Fusion Tables help pages.

The site itself is based on Google Sites. As you can see, I've kept it as simple as possible.