with the Scotish Outdoor Access Code" is the working
title of a MSc project that I am currently undertaking. The
thesis is about visualization of the Scottish Outdoor Access
Code and aims to facilitate public access to the outdoors.
One outcome of the dissertation will be an aid, in the form
of a map, for people who wish to find out were and when it
is suitable to pass through a particular piece of land whilst
walking in the countryside. For example, one could assume
that an individual or a group of people can walk through a
field in wintertime without disturbing any crops, but this
will not be the case in the early spring when the crops are
growing. Another example might be if the field is used for
grazing, when it might not be acceptable to pass through the
field when the cows have their calves.
The aim is also to outline a methodology for creating this
‘access map’ based on geospatial technologies,
e.g. remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).
The project is non-profit and unfunded and is part of the
Applied Geospatial Technology program at the University of
Aberdeen. It runs for 2.5 month, between end of May to 15th