Since April, I've been working as part of the Data and Search team. It's a new team so we've been figuring out what we do, what we don't do, how we work together and with other people. And we've made a fair bit of progress in identifying what's currently broken and how to fix it.
This is the Data & Search team's second set of fortnight notes. The idea is to keep an ongoing, public record of what we're doing. We'll iterate the notes with a view to making them better over time.
Some readers might know who we are, but I’m sure that many still don’t know. So, this post aims to answer a few existential questions about the (Corporate) Data team that you may have.
This week we’ve been continuing to explore how to present the work of Parliament through topics to the public.
As you know, here at PDS we’re busy building a new website. As part of the discovery work the content team are doing, we recently carried out a couple of short workshops about the content management system (CMS).
Last week the Parliamentary Digital Service had the pleasure of hosting codebar.
The Data & Search team are following the lead of the Website Alpha team by publishing a short update on activity on a regular basis.
This week we have been spending time looking at topics and conducting research with various groups.
Back in March, I was part of the House of Lords contingent at the Rapid Start event. The key theme was ‘Unlocking democracy for all’ and, in a small but significant way, our prototype delivered that aim by making it as easy for anyone to follow statutory instruments (Parliament considers around 1,000 per year) as for bills (around 20 per year).
This week was split between the end of sprint 7, and the accompanying show and tell, and the kick-off for sprint 8.