The national drive to develop Scotland as a digital nation is led by a partnership involving the Scottish Government, private companies and the third sector, in the form of Digital Scotland.
Digital Scotland’s “ambition is four-fold: a Scotland where
- our people have access to the best of digital technology and are capable and confident in its use at home, at work and on the move;
- our businesses have the skills and confidence to exploit digital technologies;
- the economic environment encourages digital innovation and supports the creation, growth and development of businesses; and
- Scotland is seen as an attractive place for inward investment in digital technologies”.
This ambition is underpinned by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ Digital Participation Charter, in which organisations commit to:
- Ensuring that all of our staff and volunteers have an opportunity to learn basic digital skills, and that they take advantage of this opportunity;
- Encouraging and supporting our staff and volunteers to help other people learn basic digital skills, and help other organisations to embrace digital tools;
- Contributing resources and practical support for digital participation initiatives in Scotland in whatever ways we can;
- Channelling our efforts through the Digital Participation Programme, so that our activities can be coordinated for maximum impact and measured consistently;
- Using common language based on digital participation and basic digital skills, to make our thinking and actions as clear as possible; and
The Charter provides a means of networking with other agencies from different sectors who can offer various means of support, and all have committed to "Contributing resources and practical support for digital participation initiatives in Scotland in whatever ways [they] can", as indicated above.
In connection with the Digital Participation Charter, SCVO have funded 58 digital participation projects, the lessons from which have been published at http://digital.scvo.org.uk/projects/