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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch this space!