Back in November, I noted the existence of the OneScotland project. Well, there’s been progress!
It’s being sold as part of the Scottish National Entitlement Card, “just one element in a wider Scottish Government sponsored programme called Customer First”.
The new Card Management System is able to deliver a full online solution for registration, processing and issuing of National Entitlement Cards (NEC) and will reduce most of the bureaucracy and cost involved in customers having to fill in application forms, return those forms for checking and have their picture taken at a photo booth.
Improvement Services have posted overviews here (press release) and here (basic information). I can’t find an actual OneScotland website, but there’s a picture of it and some more information over at the Scottish Government’s website (It is slightly disconcerting to find that the last available minutes from the Project Board are dated July 2008.)
The new system … utilises the local government citizen account system and the OneScotland national gazetteer to provide simpler validation and verification which in turn helps to improve data quality and ensure that customers’ details can be kept accurate and up to date.
More details on the Customer First Newletter [PDF].
Although there are a lot of advantages in having an agreed way to prove identity, and I’m personally not against ID cards as such, I’ve not read enough to be clear on:
(a) how a holder of the card can view and manage the information held on them
(b) what security issues exist and how they are being managed and
(c) how this is conceptually different from the UK government’s (currently ‘voluntary’) ID card scheme and accompanying centralised, cross-linked, error-ridden databases (I’m sure it is!).
I’ll report back as I find out more.
Update 20 October 2009: I’m none the wiser, other than finding that in there’s nothing for me in Edinburgh (PDF with the most jarring use of colours I’ve seen in a long time). I have fixed the link to the press release that had been broken by IS having (another!) reorganisation of their URIs.