Call for Evidence

Call for Evidence

This inquiry concerns digital participation – the use of the Internet and digital technologies.

Our key area of inquiry are
•    Identifying the benefits and how they may be spread
•    Understanding the obstacles and risks that may limit digital participation
•    Identifying and addressing any disadvantages.

Responses to all or some of these areas are welcome – the more information available to the inquiry, the better-informed our recommendations will be. The inquiry questions for response can be found here.

We welcome examples of good practice, (what works well, where and why?) and practical ideas to help meet your needs.

The inquiry may need to follow up on helpful evidence and will invite individuals to give further evidence on specific points of interest where useful.


Public events will be hosted across Scotland, between March and August 2013, to examine the current uses of digital technologies and the actions needed to spread the benefits.

The Society invites individuals and organisations from all sectors to give evidence as part of the inquiry and to bring it to the attention to others for wider circulation.

To help shape our inquiry responses are sought as soon as possible, with a final submission deadline of June 28th 2013. Publication of our final report is scheduled for November 2013.

Submission Notes

Please let us know whether your submission is personal, or on behalf of a company or organisation. Submissions in a range of formats are welcome; they can be submitted online, by email or post, or in person, when attending our events.

Online :
Email :
Post :   The Digital Inquiry, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

Submissions of any length are welcome but those extending over more than 6 pages should include a one-page summary. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. Submissions should be dated, with a note of the author’s name, and of whether the author is acting in an individual or corporate capacity. Submissions become the property of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and may be published at any time. Personal contact details supplied to the Committee will be removed from submissions before publication but will be retained by the Committee staff for specific purposes relating to the Committee’s work, such as seeking additional information.


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