SWOP meeting 24th November 2016

Please join us  for our SWOP AGM on the 24th November 2016  at 1pm, in Edinburgh at the Advocates Library, Assembly Close (just off the Royal Mile)

This event provides a great opportunity for networking and discussing common themes and issues in official publications.

We are delighted to have a variety of speakers for this event:

Developments  at MyGovt.scot and Doteveryone


Jono Ellis from the Scottish Government

“In the interests of the nation: First World War propaganda”


Jan Usher, Curator of Social Sciences, National Library of Scotland

“The Joy of Spines” 


Graeme Hawley, General Collections Manager, National Library of Scotland.

With great reviews at the  Edinburgh Festival Fringe Graeme will take you on a journey that is both amusing and thought provoking             through the 120 miles of shelving in the National Library of Scotland.

Crown Copyright explained (still to be confirmed)

National Archives

Our AGM meeting will follow on from the presentations, after some refreshments.

Please feel free to circulate this to any colleagues who may be interested.


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Designing content for mygov.scot – feedback requested

In 2012, the Scottish Government set out its intention to deliver a “single – but not exclusive – point of entry to all digital public services at national and local level”.

This blog post from Mygov.scot describes how they are engaging with users to ensure that their product meets users needs.

We want to make sure citizens don’t need to think about organisations to deal with their complex needs

Send them your feedback to ensure they can accomplish this.

Digital Developments: the Scottish Perspective

A post by our own Helen Costello for SCOOPs new blog


The Scottish Parliament has recently developed a variety of digital working practices that are designed to transform current approaches to many of the organisations core business activities. The main aim is that anyone will be able to consume services digitally, enabling them to connect, communicate and collaborate more successfully with others.

A number of recent innovations are already in place aimed at realising some of the core benefits of the ‘digital by default’ philosophy not least of which is the Open Data project, now in its first phase.   The objective of the Open Data Project is to open our parliamentary business data so that you can freely re-use it with no restrictions other than attributing it to the Scottish Parliament.   The Scottish Parliament Open Licence enables you to do this and the approach to opening our data is consistent with methods applied by the UK Government as set out in…

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