Helping to implement Scotland’s Data Vision
We are working with Scottish Government to help implement their ambitious data vision for Scotland. This has been sighted by McKinsey as world-leading policy thinking. SG’s objective is to champion, and unleash across Scotland, trustworthy uses of data for public benefit. There are ten guiding principles described in their vision. They include:
Innovation: Support effective and timely research that brings different data sets together easily and with minimal bureaucracy. This will enable more responsive service development, contribute to Scotland’s reputation for research and development, attract business and make Scotland the “come to place” for innovation in data science and analysis.
Trust: Protect the privacy of individuals by fully deploying available data security technology, whilst strengthening governance and drawing attention to penalties for infractions. We will develop physical and digital locations that allow work on data without allowing it to be taken from a secure space. This will increase protections for citizens while also increasing the availability of data to external users.
Wallet.Services started on our journey two and a half years ago through Scottish Government’s innovative CivTech programme. Our award-winning work addressed the need for a unified process to allow citizens and businesses to apply for licences, permits and grants. We are now working with SG to make a citizen’s attestation of disability more portable in applying for a range of entitlements, such as blue-badge parking permits and disability payments.
But there are challenges, McKinsey go on to say:
From a technical perspective, there is no good reason for keeping data in silos. With some effort, many governments could create central repositories or enterprise systems for sharing information across agencies. A critical sticking point, however, is security—like their counterparts in the private sector, public agencies cannot, under any circumstances, make sensitive data accessible indiscriminately. What’s required is an environment in which data can easily be shared across systems but in which individuals and organizations can take back ownership of their data and control the flow of personal information—who sees it, what they see, and when.
Proving that our platform, SICCAR, can provide such an environment, using the specific use case of citizens with a disability, is what we are engaged in now.
We are delighted to be working so closely with Scottish Government to address these security challenges, facilitating data sharing, and helping to implement this progressive vision for the use of data for public benefit in Scotland.