Understanding how and what users search on Parliament’s website helps us continually improve the search function. We wanted to understand if there was a difference between parliamentary language and what users are searching. Data analyst, Sara Reis, shares the findings.
Data and search
In this update, we'll be talking about the work that we've done to improve the search results on parliament.uk and how we created a unified search.
Sara and Matthieu of the data and search team went to TICTeC in Lisbon. This conference on the impact of civic technology gathered together researchers, funders, and practitioners and was rich in content. Here's a summary from Matthieu.
Sara Reis has been a data analyst in the data and search team for eight months. She's blogged about her job, what she's learned and what she enjoys about it.
We recently launched a web interface to help applications access and query our semantic data in a triple store. Jianhan Zhu talks about what this means for our data.
On the 6 September last year, we turned on a new search service for parliament.uk. On the 19 January we'll switch off the ‘old service’ for all our users and we'll be fully decommissioning the service by the end of January.
We’re building a new data service for Parliament and an important component of it is our triple store, also known as a Graph Database. Matthieu Bosquet explains what this is and what it means for data in Parliament.
This is a regular event that brings together consumers and producers of open data services. The data and search team were there and they've blogged about the event and why open data should be a dialogue, not a broadcast.
Mat Noe works with people data. He talks about what happened to this data during this year's general election and what we learnt from it.
Parliament currently offers various search functions and our vision is to offer a unified search experience. Replacing the current search on the website with the new search service is the first big step towards that goal.