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.
|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|
|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.