Monthly Archives: October 2014

Interactive Research Paper – General Elections

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, we have been working with colleagues in the statistics section of the House of Commons Library to produce a new site that can be used to display detailed information about election results to a wide audience. We present General Elections Online – or GEO for short.

The statistics team already produce a research paper after every election, however this incorporates a very detailed analysis and therefore takes time to produce. It is also only created as a pdf which means it isn’t as digital as we would like it to be, so this site is really the first fully interactive research paper produced by the Commons Library!

Right now it contains data up to and including the 2010 election. You can review a map of the UK with constituencies colour coded by party, see results at constituency, county, regional and country level with historical data going back to 1992. It is also possible to review data for each party that won a seat, and delve into a big bucket of statistics. What is the 371st safest seat in the Commons*? You can find out on the statistics section of our site…

It’s our first version, there is still work to be done – we want to allow searching by postcode and constituency name, as well as making it look a little better on smaller devices. Right now its responsive down to a tablet size (landscape is better), but we will make it more phone friendly soon.

And then we’ll be testing with mock 2015 data, so that as soon as possible after results are declared next May, the site will allow you to see what has happened on the electoral map. More detail will, of course, still be available via the next research paper for those keen on in-depth analysis.

*It’s York Central BTW.

One year on

We’ve had a bit of a break from blogging over the summer recess,  but as the team completed sprint #26 just over a week ago, and so was officially one year old, it seems a good way to restart the blog with a little celebration of our achievements over the past twelve months.

Through direct engagement with our customers across the parliamentary estate for the majority of our work, plus some excellent feedback from external users for the work we’ve been doing on the Members Data Portal, we’ve produced a number of excellent systems and apps over the first year of our existence. Some of the highlights that we’ve not written about before (such as Lords Divisions and Solution Creator) include…

Dev Dashboard


A tool for monitoring builds, servers and other info key to the good running of a development team. With personalised audio whenever a build breaks, fixes are never far away!



Admin tool for catering teams to manage menus across Parliamentary catering outlets. Data service allows quick reuse across the intranet of data to save double keying.

Admin tool for catering teams to manage menus across Parliamentary catering outlets. Data service allows quick reuse across the intranet of data to save double keying.


Lords Digest


Tablet friendly, digital presentation of the House of Lords Library Current Affairs Digest. The first Parliamentary publication to be fully produced as HTML5 content by the content creators, a superb example of digitising an existing process by developers and business staff collaborating.


Digital Library

Digital Library

Building on the success of the digest, the Digital Library aims to offer an enhanced vote bundle for both Houses in electronic form. Initially by exposing existing pdf data, and iterating over time to move to a richer HTML5 based experience. This screen shows the admin tool, a blog post about the app itself will follow soon!




A revamped and updated Parliamentary calendar maintenance tool is due to go live very soon. This will speed up data entry and allow information office staff to enter (and publish to the public) a great deal more information about events taking place in Parliament.


Order Paper


The core part of the e-procedural project for the House of Commons is the new Order Paper application. Turning a fully paper based system into an electronic one that allows full reuse of data with a number of other systems is a longer term project but one that has nonetheless had successful trials over the past couple of months and we hope to see an initial iteration move to live late this year.

*All data in the above screenshots is for demonstration purposes only

All in all we’ve built or extended over 20 projects over the past year. Not a bad achievement, and a great foundation for the future.

Will be updating our Systems and Apps pages with these summaries soon.

What next?

Watch this space!