Independent Expert Group delivers Unlocking the Value of Data report
10th May 2023 by Stewart Hamilton
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.
Digital Inclusion Symposium in Scotland: Thriving in a digital world
3rd May 2023 by Stewart Hamilton
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.
Unlocking the Value of Data for Equality
26th April 2023 by Stewart Hamilton
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...
Update from the pilot Public Engagement Panel – exploring data ethics for public sector data.
23rd March 2023 by Helen Davidson
In my last blog, I introduced the pilot Data and Intelligence Public Engagement Panel organised by the Scottish Government, Research Data Scotland, Sciencewise and Ipsos Scotland. In the Scottish Government we are working to ensure that Scotland fulfils its potential in the constantly evolving digital world. This engagement pilot focused directly on data ethics in line with the vision for Scotland to become an Ethical Digital Nation, and the recommendations will feed directly into the Digital Health and Social Care’s Data Strategy.
Gold award for Connecting Scotland at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards
13th March 2023 by Stewart Hamilton
Connecting Scotland won Gold in the ‘Working Together’ category at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards in London on Wednesday 8 March 2023.
The Digital Scotland Design System kit for Figma
24th February 2023 by Stewart Hamilton
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...
SG Payments Service – Two million pounds milestone reached
14th December 2022 by Stewart Hamilton
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...
Exploring public sector personal data benefit sharing
7th December 2022 by Stewart Hamilton
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
A digital identity service for Scotland – the road ahead
15th November 2022 by Stewart Hamilton
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.
Definitions and debates on the path to unlocking the value of public sector data
14th November 2022 by Stewart Hamilton
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.