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COMMON STANDARDS FOR INFORMATION AGE

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The revised Information Age Government Framework has been published. ...
The revised Information Age Government Framework has been published.

The frameworkaims to improve the delivery of customer driven public services and focus on the need for strategic planning and cultural change within organisations to achieve this.

Responding to a parliamentary question yesterday, the minister for finance and public services, Andy Kerr, said:

'The revised framework now includes a set of common standards which we expect to see adopted for information and communications technology applications in the public sector in Scotland.

'Common standards are vital if we are to achieve inter-operability and ensure that new technologies are harnessed to maximum effect to deliver more convenient, joined-up, responsive and efficient public services in Scotland.

'We also intend to establish a standards supervisory group to ensure new standards are brought into the framework.'

The framework also provides a Scottish framework for guidance and standards on a wide range of information and communication technology-related issues like access, security, data protection and procurement.

The revised framework has been published on the 21st Century Government websites. It includes a new standards framework endorsing the use of a set of standards including the e-government interoperability framework (e-ggif), the e-government Metadata Framework (e-gmf), and BS7666 (1994) Land and Property Address Data. These standards are designed to achieve UK and European compatibility along with consistency throughout Scotland.

A new standards supervisory group with a wide membership from across the public sector will also be established to ensure new standards are brought into the framework and that changes and additions to the framework are suitably publicised.

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