With so much work going on at PDS, it can be easy to take our live services for granted. The work to build our new website is challenging our whole way of thinking, especially our approach to content management. In the meantime though, we've been doing plenty of work on parliament.uk.
Today we made beta.parliament.uk publicly available for the first time. This is our first public step towards a new website for Parliament and the beginning of a long series of frequent releases.
The user research team talk about how their findings helped shape the new Members section of the beta Parliament website.
PDS is working on a new website and we're starting with MPs’ pages. What better place to start than analysing data for the existing website? So the Analytics Team did exactly that.
One of the audiences for the Members pages are Members themselves. We recently spent time doing research on the design of these pages to identify their needs. We used affinity mapping to analyse the findings of 7 semi-structured interviews with Members of both the House of Commons and Lords.
Here at PDS, we start with user needs and this means putting our users first. We're currently working on prototype pages for the new parliament.uk website. Part of this involves discovery work about the browsers people are using to access the website and complete their task. Here's what we've found.
In early spring we’ll be releasing the first part of our new website. This first public step brings together a lot of effort and coordination. I’d like to outline the activities and thinking that have got us this far and what to expect from a new website for Parliament.
Today we hosted the Digital Service Quarterly Update. This was the first of our events for colleagues across Parliament to find out more about the work of PDS.
For those of you who have been reading our blog posts, you may have noticed me mentioning several times the importance of a topic/issue approach to Parliamentary information.
It has been a little bit quieter for the alpha team recently, so this time we have fortnight notes! This week, we welcomed Peter and Dana to the team.