Stewart Hamilton

Written 106 posts

Communications and Engagement Officer

SG payments service – Launch of private beta

27th June 2022

Blog by Lesley Allen, Service Owner, and Fiona Maclellan, Senior Service Designer, for the SG Payments Service. On 22 June, the Scottish Government Payments Service officially moved into private beta. Independent Living Fund Scotland, our beta partner, cut the ribbon and successfully made the first of many weekly Bacs payments to Transition Fund recipients. We’re…

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CivTech 7 accelerator programme launched

13th June 2022

This year, over £7 million worth of contract opportunities are available for tech entrepreneurs and businesses of any size as part of the Accelerator’s latest round of innovation Challenges. Companies and individuals from across the UK and beyond are invited to develop solutions for 13 new Challenges which have been set by public sector bodies, local councils, charities and the Scottish Government itself.

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Unlocking the Value of Public Data – Third meeting of the Independent Expert Group

10th June 2022

Guest blog by Annie Sorbie, Lecturer in Law (Medical Law and Ethics), University of Edinburgh, and Member of the Independent Expert Group for Unlocking the Value of Public Data. The Independent Expert Group met in May for the third of our series of monthly meetings. Our task is to advise the Scottish Government on how…

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Developing a Data Transformation Framework

26th May 2022

In Scotland, Public Sector organisations have been creating, using and managing data for many years, and the practices around this have sometimes developed organically meaning there may be a lack of consistency when approaching things like data management, skills and standards.

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Data Science Accelerator 2022

10th May 2022

The Data Science Accelerator offers public sector analysts a fantastic opportunity to develop their data science skills through project-based mentoring. Delivered by the Scottish Public Sector Analytical Collaborative (SPACe), the accelerator provides protected time to explore your real-life work challenge with the support of a mentor, or to help others as a volunteer mentor.

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Unlocking the Value of Public Sector Data for Public Benefit

6th May 2022

The new Independent Expert Group (IEG) met at the end of March 2022, the first of our series of monthly meetings. For each of these meetings, we aim to write a blog to accompany the minutes, as a more accessible way to get a sense of what we discussed at the meeting, as well as some other initiatives which are influencing our thinking.

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Disclosure Scotland partnering with the digital identity service

8th April 2022

Tom Wallace, Service Customer Team Lead on the digital identity programme, provides an update on the programme’s partnership with Disclosure Scotland and encourages other interested organisations across Scotland to get in touch. What does our service aim to deliver? The digital identity service is just one of the common platforms being developed by the Scottish…

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Co-producing the data commitment for Scotland’s Open Government Action Plan

7th April 2022

Hi, my name is Martin Macfie and I lead the Open Data team in the Scottish Government’s, Digital Directorate. In my blog, Collaborating on Open Data in Scotland, which I wrote in September 2021, I mentioned that we were in the process of co-producing the data commitment for the next 4-year Open Government Action Plan…

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Reflections on Leading in a Digital World

24th March 2022

Blog by Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Government’s, Scottish Digital Academy. The Leading in a Digital World programme supports senior leaders transforming their organisation to address the challenges and opportunities presented by our digital world. The first cohort to go through the new programme is now underway and they met for two days on…

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Running a data maturity assessment – project update

24th March 2022

Blog by Sally Kerr, Data Standards Project Manager, Data Division. My name is Sally Kerr and I am a Project Manager in the Digital Directorate’s, Data Standards team. I have previously blogged about the start of the Data Maturity and Pathways project Scottish Government is running, working with a cohort of public sector organisations. The…

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