• Scottish IT company donates laptops to victims charity

    18th September 2020 by

    Blog by Emma Dalley, Project Delivery Officer, Product and Commercial Division. The Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the most vulnerable people in society. If you are young, healthy and your only complaint is cabin fever, then you’re extremely lucky. When the Covid-19 outbreak began the Digital Directorate set up a landing point web page as...

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  • The life of Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB)

    10th September 2020 by

    Blog by Fiona Smith, Head of Communications, Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband. “Fiona, how can you not know where Dumfries and Galloway is!?” That is what my geography teacher asked in sheer disbelief in the early 90s. That memory came back to me, as I organised what will be one of the last photo calls and...

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  • Scottish Digital Academy – Adult Learners Week 2020

    9th September 2020 by

    Blog by Enoch Kabalo, Assistant Business Manager and Joyce Dalgleish, Associate Agile Coach – Scottish Digital Academy. As this is Adult Learners Week, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reflect and share what we do and what is happening in the Scottish Digital Academy to support learning and development. Here at the Scottish Digital...

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  • The Civtech Alliance

    1st September 2020 by

    Blog by Alexander Holt, Head of Strategic Partnerships, CivTech Alliance. The CivTech Alliance is a newly-formed worldwide network of public, private and third sector organisations working across Civic and Gov tech sectors, supporting and developing products and services which make citizens’ lives better. This network acts as a peer-to-peer support network, hosting weekly video conference...

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  • Connecting Scotland – Phase 2 update

    31st August 2020 by

    Blog by Katie Lyne, Communications and Events manager, Office of the Chief Designer, Digital Directorate. More and more our lives are being lived online. Be it a video call with our families, work colleagues, ordering prescriptions or doing the weekly shop. And, increasingly, public and private services, are moving online, particularly during Covid-19. For the...

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  • Digital Scotland Design System

    25th August 2020 by

    Today marks the launch of the Digital Scotland Design System. This post explains what a design system is, who it’s aimed at, and how you can get involved. Firstly, what’s a design system? A design system is a collection of reusable components (in code) that can be put together to quickly and easily build your...

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  • Inclusive recruitment for digital roles – a different way of thinking

    24th August 2020 by

    Yorath Turner – Head of Digital Capability and Talent blogs about making recruitment more inclusive for digital roles in government. Did you know that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent?* Being neurodivergent means that a person’s brain functions, learns and processes information differently. It includes Attention...

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  • Digital Triage for Covid-19

    14th August 2020 by

    Blog by Liam Anderson, Business Analyst, Product and Commercial Division. Before the UK was put into lockdown, the Product and Commercial Division, based in the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate, were mobilised to form a Digital Triage Team. The Covid-19 pandemic triggered an extraordinary demand for digital solutions for health, digital health, economy and education, with...

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  • SG Payments Alpha & beyond

    12th August 2020 by

    Blog by Fiona Maclellan, Senior Service Designer, Product and Commercial Division. In 2019 we announced our payments project and introduced the team working on it. Since then we’ve not given you an update on this blog, but that doesn’t mean things have stood still. We’ve been busy building a prototype digital service, as an Alpha...

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  • Discovering processes and tools that can help research and user-centred design operations

    10th August 2020 by

    Blog by Daniel Migliorelli, User Research Lead, Digital Transformation Division. Historically, User Research has focused more on its work with primary sources (for example running interviews or usability tests) than with secondary ones (analysing data produced as a result of previous research). Although it’s common practice for Scottish Government and Digital, Data and Technology research...

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