Scottish procurement: open contracting strategy

Strategy to enable us to publish information about our procurement exercises, ensuring greater transparency on how we spend public money.

What actions have we already taken?

We already publish procurement information in various formats. Whilst these publications meet our obligations relating to procurement policy and legislation, implementation of this strategy will enable us to also comply with the principles of open contracting and the Open Data Strategy.

Current publications

Data Location Format
Contract Notices, Contract Award Notices, PIN Notices Public Contracts Scotland HTML / PDF / XML
Contract Register Public Contracts Scotland HTML / MS Excel / CSV
Tender Documents Public Contracts Scotland PDF / MS Office
Annual Procurement Strategy Scottish Government website PDF
Scottish Government Monthly Spend over £25k Scottish Government website PDF / CSV
Electronic Purchasing Card (ePC) expenditure Scottish Government website PDF / CSV

In recognition of the need to make our information available in a more open, re-useable format we have recently made a number of changes to the Public Contracts Scotland website. These were:

  • Adding the Open Government License to the material we publish on the site. This explicitly encourages and permits anyone to use the information.
  • Making the contract notices and award notices we publish available in a downloadable, open data format. By providing the notices and descriptions in these format we have aligned the downloads with the web page and provided more useful, structured information.
  • Making the invitation to tender documents published via the PCS mailbox permanently available, even after the closing date for expressions of interest has passed.

These recent developments mean that we meet the criteria for level 3 of the 5 Star schema specified in the Open Data Strategy.


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