May 012014
 
Digital Participation Inquiry Final Report

I am delighted to announce that yesterday the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry Report was launched at an event in Edinburgh.

I am colossally proud to have been part of this Inquiry and I hope our findings will have a real and positive impact on the uptake and best use of the internet in Scotland and beyond.

There is much more to read, and full access to the report, via these links:

– RSE Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry Report: http://www.royalsoced.org.uk/1136_FinalReport.html (can be downloaded as PDF, ebook, etc.)
Digiscot Inquiry Blog Post on the report
EDINA news item on the release

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Dec 042013
 
Screen Capture of the Digital Participation Inquiry Website

Today sees the publication and launch of the Interim Report from the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry.

I have been delighted to be a member of this Inquiry Committee as we have spent the last year or so investigating existing research and speaking to people across Scotland about their own experiences, concerns and ideas. And I wanted to make sure the report was shared here as I hope you will help us get word out about it.

We are really keen to ensure that the Interim Report is read and responded to by many new voices, particularly those who we have yet to engage with. We are keen to hear your honest and informed feedback, comments, and suggestions as we reflect upon the Interim Report and make changes and improvements before a final report is launched in Spring 2014.

The best way to get in touch with your feedback is to email the Royal Society of Edinburgh (digiscot@royalsoced.org.uk) but I will also be happy to pass on any comments left on this post or sent directly to me.

Find out more:

Aug 142013
 
Participants at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Digital Participation Inquiry event in Hawick earlier in 2013.

As we enter the last phase of the evidence gathering  process I wanted to draw your attention to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation Inquiry that I am part of.

The Inquiry is looking into use, non-use and under-utilisation of the internet in Scotland. In particular we want to know why people do not use the internet and how usage of the internet can be maximised in beneficial ways. This also means that we are really interested in factors around this such as digital literacy, understanding barriers to participation, motivations, etc.

Although I have already mentioned the Inquiry to lots of you individually I thought this would be a good time to blog about the Inquiry as we have several specialist sector and interest-specific sessions lined up including an Education Round Table next week (22nd August) that I would encourage you to sign up and participate in.

You can view details on all of our forthcoming sessions here.

For those unable to attend in person – or outside of these sectors/interest areas – you still have a few more weeks to submit a response to the Inquiry. At this stage I think we are particularly keen to hear from those in SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), those with examples of successfully bringing new groups online or broadening use of the internet (hello all Social Media surgeons for instance!), and in speaking to those who are not online and who are willing to share their reasons and motivations for not using the internet.

You can respond online or you can submit your response by email or post – more information can be found on the RSE’s page for the Inquiry.

Participants at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Digital Participation Inquiry event in Hawick earlier in 2013.

Participants at the Royal Society of Edinburgh Digital Participation Inquiry event in Hawick earlier in 2013.