• Scottish Digital Academy – Building capability to deliver transformation.

    22nd November 2018 by

    Guest post by Agile coach, Dean Rhodes from the Scottish Digital Academy, Scottish Government. Our aim at the Scottish Digital Academy is “building capability to deliver digital transformation” but what does that actually mean? Well, on our courses, we focus on two main things, why we are building that service and how we build the…

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  • What the UK Government Interchange is and 3 reasons why you should take part

    15th May 2018 by

    If you’re like most people I’ve spoken to about the UK Government Interchange, your first question probably is, what is it? It’s part of the UK Government’s Devolution and You Campaign, a Civil Service learning campaign that’s been running since 2015, and I took part in it earlier this year. It aims to help the UK…

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  • New funding announced to increase digital skills

    5th April 2018 by

    A new round of funding for the Digital Participation Charter Fund was announced last week by, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, while at a visit to the Welcoming, an organisation that has benefitted from the Charter Fund. We asked Elaine Mowat, co-director at the Welcoming, to tell us about how…

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  • Improving diversity in digital roles

    13th March 2018 by

    A post from Sarah Davidson, Director-General for Organisational Development and Operations. I signed the Tech Talent Charter on behalf of Scottish Government as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day. The Charter commits us to increasing the diversity of our digital workforce and will help us work with other signatories to address the gender…

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  • 5Rights Youth Leadership Group Launch

    26th February 2018 by

    Guest post by Sarah McLeod – Digital Participation Team, Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, met the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group at the Young Scot offices earlier this month. The Youth Leadership Group are taking forward seven of the 20 recommendations from the 5Rights Youth Commission’s Our…

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  • Earth Observation in the Scottish Public Sector

    14th December 2017 by

    Guest post from Shona Nicol, Head of the Geographical Information Science & Analysis Team The Geographical Information Science & Analysis Team sits within the Digital Directorate of Scottish Government. One of our key areas of work is leading on the Earth Observation (EO) policy for the Scottish Public Sector. This post will outline some of the key areas…

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  • Digital Participation Ministerial Action Group – Reflections on digital inclusion.

    17th October 2017 by

    This is a guest post from Douglas White, Head of Advocacy at Carnegie UK Trust. Carnegie UK Trust seek to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK particularly those who are disadvantaged. The latest data shows that around a quarter of people in Scotland don’t have access to the internet at home, while…

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  • Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world: A digital strategy for Scotland

    13th April 2017 by

    Have you seen the Scottish Government’s updated Digital Strategy yet? We’ve been busy since the publication of the 2011 original, “Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland”, and we’ve made significant progress against the ambitions set out there. Through improvements in infrastructure, fibre broadband has been delivered to 85% of Scottish premises and in digital…

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  • Technology doesn’t have values. People do.

    13th March 2017 by

    Alex Humphry-Baker is a Senior UX Designer at Bemo. She explains how diversity can help make sure that technology isn’t prejudiced, and doesn’t prop up damaging stereotypes. “Once you skip ahead to think technology will either harm everything or solve everything, you’ve effectively removed the need to apply critical thinking.”

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  • Re-use it, don’t lose it

    7th March 2017 by

    One of the underlying principles of how we work in the Digital Directorate is the concept of re-use before buy before build. Even if understanding user needs is firmly embedded into an overall approach, when it comes to technology, projects often focus on what they can ‘buy’ or ‘build’. Instead, we’ve been casting our net…

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