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DirectScot - Scotland's public services and information portal

DirectScot prototypeWhat is DirectScot?

DirectScot is a prototype for a proposed Scottish public services and information portal. Its aim is to provide people and businesses with a simpler view of all services available to them.

The prototype has been developed by the Scottish Government to illustrate the range of national and local services and information available through DirectScot and to show some of the proposed functionality.

The consultation and how to respond

A consultation on the DirectScot prototype begins on January 9, 2012 and runs until March 15, 2012. There are three ways to have your say on DirectScot:

Handling your response

Feedback via the blog and any general feedback on the prototype will be made publicly available on the internet.

When responding to the formal consultation questions we need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. The respondent information form which is included at the beginning of the questions will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Publishing Responses

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library Scottish Government Library, K Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD within 6 weeks of the close of the consultation. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service. Responses will also be made available online.

What happens next?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us decide on the future development of DirectScot.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the DirectScot team: info@directscot.org