Technology standards and assurance

We have created a number of standards and assurance procedures to help public sector organisations comply with legislation and best practice as they transform and develop their digital practices.

Standards and guidance

The Digital Scotland Service Standard  is a set of 14 criteria that all organisations delivering public services should work towards.

The Open Data Strategy and Open Data Resource Pack support public sector organisations in making their non-personal data accessible.

Our Data Hosting and Data Centre Strategy sets out our vision for Scotland's public sector data hosting to be cost-effective, carbon-neutral and, where appropriate, cloud-based.

We offer additional guidance for organisations on cloud computing, virtualisation and colocation.

Our Green Digital Strategy provides guidance to help organisations achieve a cost-effective, sustainable and energy-efficient digital network. We have also provided a Green ICT Maturity Model workbook which can be used by public sector organisations to assess effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions.

Technology assurance framework

The Technology Assurance Framework applies to central government organisations in Scotland (excluding health bodies). It supports senior responsible owners and accountable officers in assuring the delivery of projects and programmes involving investment in technology. The framework was updated in 2017 to a system that is mandatory in the central government sector for online public services.

Contact: DigitalAssurance@gov.scot for more information about applying the technology assurance framework within your project.