About

About

About

Knowledge Mappers is a unique, digital mapping consultancy & publishing company with expertise in..

‘Traditional’ geographic mapping & spatial analysis
using tools such as GIS & Google Maps, and the creation of map-enabled, online portals for sharing analysis results, intelligence insight & resources with stakeholders.

Visually mapping any knowledge / information / data resouces with Corel (Mindjet) MindManager
to give them a visual stucture that greatly impoves their accessibility, and the creation of resource index / basemap template / overview (‘dashboard’) maps, which can be easily shared with stakeholders.

Our ground-breaking products & services ‘visually connect’ people with what they need to know so that individuals, teams, organisations & communities can do what they need to do to move forward – quicker, easier and with a lot less stress 🙂

Browse our ground-breaking geographic and knowledge mapping products & services below. In our experience there are very few areas of human endeavor that don’t benefit from the increased understanding, buy-in and alignment amongst stakeholders that working visually brings, so get in touch and let us help you with yours…

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Our People

Ss well as our in-house team, we operate with a virtual team network of associated technical developers and subject experts to create and deliver our visual knowledge solutions. Knowledge is all about people – there’s no point to it if the right person doesn’t have it to hand when they need it, in a form that they can easily digest, assimilate and act upon. All the people we work with are “people” people and understand that implicitly 🙂

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In-House

Angus McDonald (BSc, MSc)

Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant

I have over 25 years experience as a Geographic & Visual Knowledge Consultant within both the local government & private sectors, both employed & self employed, with a proven track record of envisaging, designing, producing & delivering innovative, ground-breaking information products & services.

Since my MSc in Environmental Science in the early 1990’s when I first encountered computerised Geographic Informations Systems (GIS), I have held a passionate belief that working visually with knowledge using mapping in all it’s guises – geographic, information, knowledge, concepts, processes etc. – can help people make the world a better place, through doing whatever it is that they do, quicker, easier and with a lot less stress!

At the same time though I’m also conscious of the fragility of knowledge – often hard won – and the difficulties involved in retaining it in the collective conscience and transferring it it to those that need to know now. That’s why I also have a passion for making the most of the resources we do have and not re-inventing the wheel wherever possible.

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Associate Network

MindManager International Value Added Partner (MIVAP) Network

MindManager Software Consultants & Developers

The MindManager International Value Add Partner Network are a group of professional companies & individual consultants with a passion for MindManager, the world’s best information mapping software and the only one with an application programming interface (API), which makes it possible to develop macros and add-ins that automate processes as well as further extend it’s already formidable & unique functionaity.

Our many decades of combined MindManager knowledge, experience & expertise enables us to offer training, consultancy, support & development solutions that are second to none, to all types of users across the world.

Many MIVAP members are official Authorized Mindjet Partners.

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Andrew Combes

Active / Sustainable School Travel Consultant (STHC)

I started working in the field of sustainable travel with Sustrans back in the mid 1990’s, doing just about everything from survey through to construction. From there I entered local authority life, first with Somerset and then with Dorset County Councils. During my time there I was also seconded to the UK Departments for Education and Transport as the SW Regional School Travel Advisor for the national Travelling To School Initiative.

A common theme throughout has been to take an evidence based approach to the work undertaken. This approach has delivered change, however it has also highlighted some of the inevitable policy conflicts that pull in opposite directions to achieving active and sustainable travel…

Although no longer full time in local authority life my work with the School Travel Health Check continues, as does my consultancy work – I am currently working with Dorset County Council to deliver a Local Sustainable Transport Fund funded ‘Schools Doorstep Leakages’ & social marketing’ project.

That said most of my time recently has gone in to turning an old unloved windmill on the Isles of Scilly in to a camera obscura!

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Our Skills & Tools

At Knowledge Mappers we believe knowledge works better for people – ie. is more easily discovered, captured, understood, organised, managed, retrieved, shared & acted on – when it’s visually structured. Our skillset therefore lies in the creation of visually structured knowledge resources – maps – on just about any subject, that help individuals, teams, organisations & communities…

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Make connections and gain business-intelligence insights they didn't have before

Avoid 'information overload' and generally get a lot more done with a lot less stress...

Save time and money and increase return-on-investment

Geographic Information Mapping & Spatial Analysis

We have over 25 years extensive experience of all aspects of digital geographic mapping and analysis of spatially referenced information. From simple mapping tools like Google Maps and Google Earth, to full blown analysis software like ESRI, MapInfo and QGIS (known collectively as Geographic Information Systems – GIS for short).

Through utilising all these tools in the correct way and combining the results with more mainstream visualisation tools like Google Charts, geographic information can be easily shared with non-experts using interactive, map-enabled, interactive data portals, such as those we have created for our School Travel Health Check spatial analysis service.

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Knowledge Mapping With MindManager

Our ‘traditional’ mapping skills are complemented by over 15 years expertise with MindManager, the worlds best information (‘mind’) mapping software. Its awsome flexibility and productivity-boosting features make it the “digital tool of first resort” for anybody who works with digital information (ie. just about everybody!).

We are part of the official Mindjet International Value Added Partner (MIVAP) Network, which helps to support the 2 million+ MindManager users worldwide – including over half of the Global 2000 and Fortune 500 Corporations – with integrated services providing bespoke map content, training, development and consultancy as well as “off-the-shelf” knowledge framework maps to download from our online store.

Note that though the origins of MindManager lies in the technique of ‘mindmapping’, and indeed it is still grounded there in terms of the synergy between brain processes and visual information and the feedback loops between the 2, it has radically evolved in the last 25 years. The following gives a bit more of the back story…

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Our Clients

We like to work in a collaborative way with our clients and partners so that we achieve more together. You are experts at what you do. We would like to help you do it quicker, easier and with a lot less stress with what we do!

Knowledge is all about people – it does little good if the person that needs it can’t find it, when they need it, in a form that they can easily digest, assimilate and act upon. We therefore take a people-centric approach to designing and delivering our knowledge products and services, and we see all our clients as people first – whether they are acting on their own, as part of a bigger team, or a whole organisation, and in turn delivering services to clients of their own…

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Client Testimonials

From the UK Chief Medical Officer to Local Council Officers, Project Managers and Headmasters, our mapping products and services have connected many individuals, teams, organisations & communities with the knowledge they need, to do what they need to do… quicker, easier, and with a lot less stress 🙂

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Organisations

Over the course of our careers our team have worked – as both employees and contractors – for public sector organisations, private sector organisations, and public sector organisations that became private sector organisations! But also over that time the distinction between the public sector and private sector has become much less distinct. Indeed partnerships and collaboration is the name of the game.

This is of course where our mapping skills comes into their own – who’s who, where are they, who knows what, where all we all going, and what are we all doing along the way?

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Communites

Communities are where we choose to live & collaborate with each other for personal & communal benefit. It’s also where the world is changed, and that the knowledge of how to make change, resides.

When we work with Communities it’s all about empowering them with the knowledge resources they need in order to move forward with challenges or opportunities they are facing. This is done by connecting them with each other, with what they do know, and with the wider general and specific knowledge bases so that they can fill in the gaps.

Our skillsets & tools mean that communities don’t need to be defined geographically in order for us to map them, the knowledge they retain, or the existing knowledge resources they can harness and benefit from…

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Featured Cient

Andrew Crummy - Community Tapestry Man

There are many ways of visually capturing, sharing – and indeed preserving – community knowledge for future generations. Over the last 10 years or so we have been helping friend & neighbour renowned Scottish community artist Andrew Crummy with his work on the many community tapestries he has designed. We print out the design templates for the full size (1x1m, 0.5x1m & 0.5x-0.5m) panels with our large format printer, which the designs are transferred onto. The design is then traced onto linen panels and then sent out with the hand-coloured colour print to an army of hundreds of volunteer stitchers across the country, who realise it as a tapestry.

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As a designer I can say without hesitation that Knowledge Mappers were important, unsung heroes, when I was designing The Great Tapestry of Scotland, Scottish Diaspora Tapestry and more recent projects. They provided a fantastic custom-made service in printing out large scale drawings and grids, without this key support it would have the made designing these tapestries more difficult. They also had an attention to detail that was very important. I cannot recommend them enough.

Here are some of Andrew’s community tapestry projects we are immensely proud to have played a small part in…

The Battle Of Prestonpans Tapestry

Launched in Prestonpans in July 2010, the 104 panels in the Prestonpans Tapestry tell the story of the promising start to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, from the landing of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” in Eriskay to the victorious Battle of Prestonpans.
104m x 0.5m, 104 panels, produced by over 250 stitchers.

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The Great Tapestry Of Scotland

Launched at The Scottish Parliament in September 2013, the 163 panels of the Great Tapestry Of Scotland depict the complete history of Scotland, from its geological formation millions of years ago to the tennis triumphs of Sir Andy Murray in the present day.
143m x 1m, 163 panels, produced by over 1000 stitchers.

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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Launched at the 3 Harbours Arts Festival in May 2014, the 307 panels in this Scottish Dispora Tapestry tell how people from Scotland have travelled and settled all around the world, but also how these “Scots Abroad” in turn profoundly influenced thier homeland.
307 panels, 0.5m x 0.5m, produced by over 700 stitchers in 30 countries

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The Tapestry For Renfrewshire

Begun in February 2016, the Renfrewshire Tapestry is an ongoing project that traces the history of the county of Renfrewshire. As well as the customary panel templates, we were also asked to print this ~1583 map of Renfrewshire by renowned Elizabethan mapmaker Timothy Pont (Pont 33) at both A1, and ‘double A0 taped together’ size, as part of this very unusal community mapping project.

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The Mount Felix Hospital Tapestry

This beautiful community tapestry tells the story the ANZAC hospital at Mount Felix in Walton on Thames. 27,000 New Zealand wounded soldiers were welcomed into the heart of Walton on Thames and treated at this hospital during WWI and Andrew Crummy’s design depicts some of the most powerful true life stories surrounding the hospital.
44 panels 0.5m x 0.5m

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The Cancer Tapestry

In 2017 Andrew went through cancer treatment. In conjunction with his ENT surgeon Rod Mountain and his oncologist Dr Ioanna Nixon he decided to o create a tapestry showing the science of the journey when going through Cancer Treatment and the care & compassion which is an important part of the journey. The aim is to get a 1000 people to add to the tapestry.

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