OneScotland: Single sign-on for

    Looking forward to finding more about this system as it rolls out, which I believe will begin next year:

    • The OneScotland Portal offers a local, national and international presence that provides a convenient access to public services and information in Scotland and supports frontline customer services staff to deliver first time public services.

      The Scottish Government is taking a lead in the development of the ‘OneScotland Portal’, a signposting service that will provide the citizens of Scotland with a convenient point of access to the Scottish Government, Local Authority, Agency and NDPB public services and information. There will also be links to key services provided by the UK Government e.g. renewal of car tax.The aim of the portal is to make it easier for citizens to find what they are looking for across the range of existing public sector websites, removing the need to understand organisational boundaries.

    The domain has been reserved ( – but it’s currently bouncing to the press release in the first link.

    Of particular interest will be how the security and identity issues are being (have been?) resolved. The Scottish Government will have to be very careful to maintain a distinction from the UK government’s ID database. Will it be enough to just say that signing up to OneScotland is voluntary?


    About Peter Cruickshank

    Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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    3 Responses to OneScotland: Single sign-on for

    1. jameshigham says:

      One Scotland? I wasn’t aware there was a second one.

    2. Peter says:


      But there are are multiple Scotlands…

      And that’s before talking about the East/West or Highland/Lowland divides….

      I guess it’s all part of an attempted process at knitting it all together.

    3. Peter says:

      Old link to OneScotland seems to be broken. Latest update is avaialble here:

      Nothing live and operational yet, they do have a GIF of the portal design though.

      I followed a link through the Project Board page. Last minutes are from July 2008. Say no more…

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