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United Kingdom: Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate (SPCD)

The Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate (SPCD) tracks information in the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) system, which is mandated in Scottish law to be used by all procuring entities to advertise all regulated procurement.

It is Scottish Law that all procurement over £50k and over for goods/services and £2m and over for works are advertised via PCS, as well as the subsequent awards. In addition, many organizations use PCS for direct requests for quotations (known as Quick Quotes) for lower values, non-regulated procurements.

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Overview

Data date range:
Jul 2021 - Sep 2022
Last retrieved:
22 Sep 2022
Update frequency:
Monthly
OCID prefix:
ocds-r6ebe6
License:
Open Government Licence for public sector information Version 3

You are free to:

  • copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information; adapt the Information;
  • exploit the Information commercially and non-commercially for example, by combining it with other Information, or by including it in your own product or application.

You must (where you do any of the above):

  • acknowledge the source of the information in your product or application by including or linking to any attribution statement specified by the Information Provider(s) and,
  • where possible, provide a link to this licence;
Language:
English
Retrieved from:
https://api.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/v1

Data available

Parties

Count of parties:
29,948

Planning

Count of planning activities:
660

Tenders

Count of tenders:
9,534
Count of tenderers:
0
Count of tender items:
11,771

Awards

Count of awards:
8,576
Count of suppliers:
13,843
Count of award items:
1,416

Contracts

Count of contracts:
8,302
Count of contract items:
151
Count of transactions:
0

Documents

Count of documents:
30,729

Milestones

Count of milestones:
0

Amendments

Count of amendments:
290

Scotland produces their OCDS data via conversion from the TED / OJEU format following the instructions set out in the OCDS for the European Union Profile. They make use of the OCDS for the European Union Extension to publish this information.

Data quality

Summary

The dataset has quality issues to take into account, notably:

  • There are non-unique identifiers within the data at several key areas. For example there are sometimes contracting processes with two awards or multiple contracts which have the same identifier, and supplier or item identifiers may be non-unique within their scope.
  • There are sometimes organization references without associated entries in the parties array
  • There is a small number of blank or empty fields in the data which should not interfere with most use cases.

Last reviewed: Oct 2020

Access data

This OCDS dataset is available for download in JSON, Excel or CSV format. You can download the data for contracting processes in a specific year or for all time.

JSON

Each contracting process is represented as one line of JSON text in the .jsonl file.

The .jsonl file is compressed using Gzip. Windows users need 7-Zip, WinRAR or WinZip to decompress the .gz file.

Excel

Each contracting process is represented as one row in the main sheet. Other sheets link to it via the _link_main column.

Excel files can have at most 1,048,576 rows. If a year is missing, it had too many rows.

CSV

Each contracting process is represented as one row in the main.csv file. Other files link to it via the _link_main column.

The .csv files are archived using tar and compressed using Gzip. Windows users need 7-Zip, WinRAR or WinZip to decompress the .tar.gz file.

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