FS Fives: Wednesday, June 8

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, have you ever suffered from range anxiety? Well, as the move to electric vehicles picks up pace it might be something you will endure. But Livingston-based algorithm specialist Route Monkey has developed software that combines the ability to plan the best routes for an electric vehicle, give turn-by-turn directions via a smartphone app, and identify charging points en route. Scheduled for launch in the spring next year, the solution will deploy Trakm8’s T10 Micro telematics technology to provide real-time journey and battery data, straight to the driver’s smartphone. It will enable the software to accurately recalculate routes and plan in extra recharging time depending on journey conditions. The company has been awarded £285,000 from Scottish Enterprise to help development.

Imagine public services run on Twitter. Want to book a doctor’s appointment? DM the surgery. Report an incident to the police? Tweet it. Want to know what every public official is doing, from a street sweeper to the mayor? Follow them on Twitter. Want to free your business from delays caused by regulation? Validate your account with your local authority. A town in Spain is running its services through social media; it’s small scale but intriguing.

Do you have the technical and leadership ability to transform Scotland’s economy using digital technology? If so, public sector body Scottish Enterprise are seeking to recruit a Director of Digital Transformation – a new role created to ‘provide strong leadership and senior-level oversight of the development of technology solutions that support immediate and future customer strategies’.
The role will command a hefty salary of £77,000 – £97,500 and will be based in the West of Scotland reporting to the Managing Director of Customer Operations.  Scottish Enterprise is seeking a digital leader to help reshape how it delivers for Scotland’s businesses and industries.

A fascinating glimpse into the work of the National Library of Scotland, which is in the midst of digitising much of its historic archives. As observed by Stephanie Longmuir, Information Specialist, NBS: “I recently spent a fascinating afternoon at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), with a tour of the building, with behind the scenes access to the collections, reading rooms and a presentation about a digitisation project.”
One of those digitisation projects is to bring to life House of Lords papers between 1806-2000.
Adds Stephanie: “The project remit had undergone several stops and starts and changes along the way, but they are nearly there, with a soft launch imminent.”

And finally…To some it has become something of a emotionally-charged subject. The lack of a Saltire ’emoji’ has even led to Scotland’s former First Minister going ever so slightly blue in the face.