Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into full force on January 1st 2005. The act aims to increase openness and accountability in government and across the public sector by ensuring that people have the right to access information held by Scottish public authorities. People will be able to see and question how such bodies function and how decisions are made. Making information available Each public authority must have a publication scheme. This sets out the kinds of information the authority publishes or intends to publish, how the information is made available and whether there is a fee for the information. You can download the National Museums Scotland Model Publication Scheme here [PDF 188KB].