Developing an AI Strategy for Scotland

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Developing an AI Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government has tasked The Data Lab Innovation Centre to be an impartial convenor in the process of developing an AI Strategy for Scotland. 

Our connections with industry, public sector, third sector and academia across Scotland and internationally places us in an ideal position for the task.

Why an AI Strategy for Scotland?

The Scottish Government is committed to the National Performance Framework’s aims of creating a successful country where everyone living in Scotland is given an opportunity to prosper through sustainable and inclusive growth.

The UK is ranked 2 in the Global Readiness for AI Index (OECD countries) and whilst the UK Government had developed an AI sector deal and is developing a data strategy, data and AI are devolved matters for Scotland.

With Scotland’s strength as a destination for the tech industry, its vibrant start-up ecosystem and world class universities, a co-ordinated AI strategy is needed to ensure that it realises its potential and thrives as highlighted in the latest research from SCDI, ScotlandIS, RSE and BT.

The role of The Data Lab

The Scottish Government has tasked The Data Lab Innovation Centre to be an impartial convenor.

Our position as a hub connecting industry, public sector, third sector and academia across Scotland and internationally places us in an ideal position to undertake the task of leading on the coordination of the strategy’s development.

Approach and focus

Recognising its strengths whilst considering its size and resources, Scotland can emerge as a world leader in the application and deployment of AI by taking a citizen focus – how AI and Data can benefit the citizens of Scotland and the world, whilst also enabling economic growth. The strategy will be developed with benefit to the citizen as the core guiding principle and align to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework purpose of improving citizen wellbeing and giving opportunities for all to flourish.

The process will be OPEN and TRANSPARENT.

We will provide as many opportunities as possible for everyone to contribute.

GET IN TOUCH

If you want to get involved and contribute to this process, please get in touch.

Desired outcomes:

strategy

A high level AI strategy for Scotland that outlines the roadmap for the following 5 years with key targets/ambitions

ownership

A declaration of strategy owners and their responsibility for roadmap delivery needs

trust

Build citizen trust in the use of data and AI technologies and in organisations using them

investment

The strategy should outline measures to leverage existing national assets and identify new areas for investment from public and private sector for:
i. R&D
ii. Applications
iii. Start ups
iv. Public engagement

The Process