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Scottish government publishes digital strategy progress report

David Bicknell Published 09 October 2012

'Public services that can be delivered online will be delivered online', report promises


The Scottish government's first annual progress report into its digital strategy has reiterated its plans for digital technology to provide a foundation for integrated public services.

The report provides an update on the progress made against the actions set out in Scotland's Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland, published in March 2011, as well as the actions required in the next 12-18 months to ensure that everyone in Scotland is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities of the digital age.

It does this for each of the 4 strands of the strategy (building connectivity, digital public services, digital economy and digital participation).

"Scotland's Digital Future - Digital Public Services", which discusses the delivery of public services, makes clear that those public services that can be delivered online will be delivered online.

The aim of the strategy is to deliver transformational change across the public sector aligned to the aspirations of Scotland's Digital Future and to the recommendations of reports such as Renewing Scotland's Public Services and the McClelland Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland.

The progress report says the key actions in digital public services are to:

- Work with public sector partners to develop a Scottish public sector identity strategy and a single - but not exclusive - point of entry to all digital public services at national and local level
- Consult on digital data sharing in support of public service reform and digital services and pursue necessary actions.
- Test open data approaches through pilot projects and publish a programme for availability of re-useable public data
- Develop a high level ICT operating framework that provides a set of architecture and design principles, promotes commonly agreed standards and specifications and sets out an approach to information assurance
- Deliver a Scottish wide area network (SWAN) to provide a single, holistic telecommunications network service for public sector organisations
- Develop a national strategy to consolidate and re-use world class data centres across the public and private sectors and ensure that our storage, use and sharing of data meets world-class standards and supports the low carbon economy
- Refresh the open source strategy for the Scottish public sector

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