On Tuesday 12 May, history was made with the first ever remote division (vote) in the House of Commons. How does remote voting work, what were the challenges, and what’s next? PDS Director of Software Engineering tells the story.
Last week we reached the 3rd week of our incubation period. Our team (Rebecca, Noel, Ganesh, Giuseppe, Jack, Lino and Jocelyn), some business representatives (Ed, Holly and Matt) and our friends from fluxx have been working hard on our two prototypes ‘Jargon Buster’ and ‘Interact’.
I’m looking for people to join our digital development team and help us build exceptional digital services that place Parliament at the forefront of digital democracy the world over.
The first two sprints of discovery for a new parliament.uk website have been extremely busy and very fruitful!
After a really busy few days of creating ideas around “Unlocking digital democracy for all”, we're working on providing definitions to complicated words and phrases on our website (Jargon Buster) and supporting the public in connecting them to take some action with Parliament.
Last week, we ran a rapid prototyping event with a company called Fluxx based in Farringdon. A small group of people from across Parliament - the Digital Service, the House of Commons and the House of Lords - gathered at the Fluxx offices, to think about ideas related to 'Unlocking Democracy for All'.
Rebecca has recently joined the Digital Service working in the Rapid Apps team, here is her story of how she became a developer.
Read how select committees have been using Twitter to crowdsource questions to help them hold ministers and other powerful figures to account on behalf of the public.
Since 2007 Parliament has been using web forums to help committees of MPs gather evidence for their inquiries. Find out how these targeted web forums have helped Parliament to represent the public and hold the Government to account.
Last week, data visualisation specialist Andy Kirk presented the final talk of the year in Parliament’s series of seminars on Exploring Digital. The session explored the challenges of visualising data effectively and the approaches practitioners could take to meet them.
I’ve been Head of Strategy in the Parliamentary Digital Service since July and thought it duly time to share what I’ve been doing with my colleagues since then on developing a digital strategy for Parliament.