Stewart Hamilton

Written 136 posts

Communications and Engagement Officer

Independent Expert Group delivers Unlocking the Value of Data report

10th May 2023

I write this blog post at the end of the week in which the Independent Expert Group (IEG) on Unlocking the Value of Data (UVOD) delivered our final report to the Scottish Government. The IEG has been in existence for just over a year, and comprises a multi-stakeholder group of experts from different domains and disciplines united by our interest in public sector personal data and how it can be accessed by the private sector.

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Digital Inclusion Symposium in Scotland: Thriving in a digital world

3rd May 2023

The symposium provided an opportunity for Scotland to showcase its digital inclusion work such as the Connecting Scotland programme and highlighted its ambitions in developing Scotland as an ethical digital nation. 

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Unlocking the Value of Data for Equality

26th April 2023

Guest blog by Carol Young, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights My organisation, the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), welcomed the chance to be involved in Scottish Government’s work on Unlocking the Value of Public Sector Data for Public Benefit. Through membership of the Independent Expert Group (IEG), I was able to bring…

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Gold award for Connecting Scotland at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards

13th March 2023

Connecting Scotland won Gold in the ‘Working Together’ category at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards in London on Wednesday 8 March 2023.

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Improving search functionality for

9th March 2023

Blog by Jennifer I’anson, Product Manager, Digital Directorate. The development team and Design System team (Digital Publishing) have been working on implementing and integrating a new search product on The product we have chosen is Squiz Funnelback and this replaces the basic search capability within our content management system (CMS). On the 2nd…

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The Digital Scotland Design System kit for Figma

24th February 2023

Blog by Kevin Allen, Lead Graphic Designer, User Centred Design, Digital Transformation Division. The Digital Scotland Design System team are committed to providing the tools necessary to create accessible and inclusive digital services across the public sector in Scotland. We have recently updated the prototyping section on the design system website to include the Figma…

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SG Payments Service – Two million pounds milestone reached

14th December 2022

Blog by Ben Mills, Service Designer, SG Payments Team, Civil Service Fast stream. It has been several months since we last posted an update, and a lot has happened. The Scottish Government Payments Service officially moved into Private Beta in June 2022 when we launched our Minimum Viable Service, working with our first early adopter…

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Exploring public sector personal data benefit sharing

7th December 2022

How can the public sector share personal data with the private sector in publicly trusted ways, to unlock the public benefit of this data? We performed a literature review to enable the Scottish Government to identify (I) relevant approaches to benefit and costs sharing and (II) intellectual property rights or royalties schemes regarding the use of public sector personal data with or by the private sector both in the UK and internationally

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A digital identity service for Scotland – the road ahead

15th November 2022

You can hear more about our progress and future plans by joining our online event on 16 November (14:00-16:00). Registration for ‘A digital identity service for Scotland’ is now open – and everyone is welcome.

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Definitions and debates on the path to unlocking the value of public sector data

14th November 2022

Seemingly simple concepts can disguise hidden complexities, and this has proven true as the Group has discussed what we might mean by ‘public sector personal data’. As a citizen and user of Scottish public services, you leave a digital footprint. When you visit a doctor, claim for a benefit, or travel on a public road, data can be collected with legitimate purpose. You leave an electronic echo of your presence.

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