Western Australia, Perth

Message from the Keeper – July 2017

For Registers of Scotland, July has been a month marked by collaboration, integration and sharing experiences of digital transformation.

One of the highlights has been our meeting with Landgate, the land registration organisation for Western Australia. Though they may be on the other side of the world, Landgate share our commitment to putting innovation and digital transformation at the heart of everything we do. In mid-July we hosted Jodi Cant, Chief Executive of Landgate, at the Innovation Centre in our Edinburgh office. Jodi shared her top tips for innovation, as well as the three principles guiding Landgate’s approach to digital transformation: collaboration, stimulation and acceleration. With ideas like this, Landgate’s innovation experience gave us some great inspiration as we progress with our own digital transformation.

Our collaboration with Landgate moved to Australia itself, as our very own Stef Brown, Head of Business Development, presented at the Land Registrars Development Officers’ Conference in Perth, Western Australia. Attendees from across the world heard Stef share our experience of digital transformation, and how RoS are responding to the challenges of 21st century land registration.

Closer to home, several colleagues represented RoS at the Edinburgh edition of Civil Service Live. The event, held around the UK, is designed to encourage collaboration across all branches of the civil service; we showcased a number of new and innovative digital services, including our Digital Discharge Service (DDS), ScotLIS and our new Knowledge Base, plus the work of our Information and Analysis (I&A) team.

The I&A team are responsible for analysing the vast amount of data we hold. With this in mind, they released their usual House Price Index figures this month, which showed that average house price figures in Scotland have continued their upward climb seen in previous months. Reports like this are another significant reminder of the important role we play in providing detailed information on the Scottish property market. This role was further recognised this month, as we became accredited members of the Scottish Property Federation. The SPF is the trade association for Scottish commercial and residential property companies – as this represents some of our most important stakeholders, membership allows us to further increase engagement across the industry.

Finally, I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the teams who have worked on our DDS. A flagship project of our digital transformation, DDS recently reached a significant milestone in successfully processing 1,000 digital discharges. Well done, and I look forward to seeing where the experience of DDS will take us in the coming months as we continue in the digital transformation of RoS.

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