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Digital Transformation within Scotland's environment sector

Welcome to the open planning space for digital transformation within Scotland's environment sector.

Our big idea

By achieving our potential for digital transformation with citizens and communities, Scottish environment organisations will be more resilient and ready to move quickly and collaboratively on tackling the climate and nature crisis. This is essential for Scotland's contribution to progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, as articulated in Scotland by its National Performance Framework.

Our aim is to explore how, together, environment organisations can use innovative digital technologies to address the shared challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, and work together to create a nature-rich future. Through improved science, slicker internal operations and more targeted public engagement we can all be better informed, more effective and better focused on improving the environment and empower the public to help us on this journey.

What are we trying to achieve on this site?

  • What will this planning space do? We believe that the environment sector in Scotland will achieve its digital potential faster if it collaborates openly on this agenda.
  • How to get involved? This site is a shared and open planning space for the environment sector in Scotland. Use this space to collaborate with others openly on the digital transformation agenda.
  • How this site works? You can immediately start working on developing this wiki, whenever you want (no wiki experience required). There is no need to register or sign in, unless you want your ideas to be attributed to you (so others can see who has contributed what). We want you to directly shape these plans by adding your ideas and content to this wiki. It will directly inform the digital transformation agenda for the environment sector in Scotland.

Why are we using a wiki?

  • It’s accessible through the government firewalls – many proprietary digital platforms are not
  • It’s more robust and road-tested – it uses the same underlying technology as Wikipedia . While it’s old tech, it has been evolving extensively over the years
  • It’s easier for people to get into, as they don’t need an account unlike many other platforms – this makes a big difference
  • Finally, and importantly, it’s machine readable by the software used by people with accessibility needs, which is important for equality / inclusion

This site has been set up by Ruchir Shah, Scottish Wildlife Trust, working in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage. Information on this site is always provisional and in development.

Aims and ambitions


What might this look like and entail?

There are already a number of real-world examples of where collaboration could help and what would result from that. For example:

  • Community hubs online that use automated workflows to get survey information faster and involve more people (citizen scientists) directly in counting species, harvesting the images and producing interactive maps.
  • Collective funding to help smaller organisations to move over to cloud-based platforms for example by providing expert advice.
  • A space for people to share lessons learned from delivering big infrastructure projects.
  • Collaboration on machine learning projects such as habitat recognition through remote sensing images.
  • Ways in which organisations might be able to reach the public more effectively by supporting them to map their positive memories and emotions with their experience of nature.

Check out the new digital resource knowledge bank for a list of existing initiatives, where you can also add your own entries.


Delivery plan

Blog Blogs on digital transformation within the environment sector in Scotland
Improved science Improved science theme for digital transformation
Inspiring Digital Transformation within the Environment Sector in Scotland Inspiring Digital Transformation within the Environment Sector in Scotland - Seminar with CEOs Completed
Planning webinar with eNGOs in Scotland Planning webinar with eNGOs in Scotland Completed
Website planning Website for digital transformation within Scotland's environment sector Completed
Concept for digital transformation Concept for digital transformation Completed
Digital resource knowledge bank Digital resource directory for digital transformation within Scotland's environment sector. Completed
Better engagement Better engagement is a category we are using for digital transformation In progress
Digital support Digital support for digital transformation In progress
Statement of ambition Joint statement of ambition around digital transformation for senior leaders within Scotland's environment sector In progress
Project output Project outputs from this digital transformation initiative In progress
Digital Transformation. Shaping our Digital Ambitions Digital Transformation. Shaping our Digital Ambitions - 2nd senior leaders webinar In progress
Interactive sharing and learning workshop Digital transformation sharing and learning workshop Not yet started


Get involved

  • Follow the links in the actions section above to participate in planning the activities
  • Contact Ruchir Shah at the Scottish Wildlife Trust if you want to discuss any aspect of this resource privately.