Studies and Reports
The landscape of print, broadcasting and social media is changing rapidly and how it alters affects Parliament’s ability to communicate and engage with the public it serves. A new report from the Hansard Society – #futurenews The Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World – explores these strategic communication trends and how Parliament needs to respond in order to keep pace and ensure it has a voice in the political debate commensurate with its role at the apex of our democracy. #futurenews examines changing patterns of news consumption, the public’s attitude to news about politics in general, and Parliament in particular, and how and where they access such news.
The open parliament in the age of the internet: can the people now collaborate with legislatures in lawmaking?
The book, published by the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, is based on a study of two particular cases where parliamentary bodies designed and implemented participatory digital processes, namely, the e-Democracy Program developed by the Brazilian House of Representatives, and the Virtual Senator Program developed by the Chilean Senate.
The University of Hull published 3 guides aimed at practitioners on the use of websites and social media by parliaments, drawing from the research developed for the project Managing Parliament’s Image. The themes of the guides are: Organising and Managing Parliamentary Websites, Using Parliamentary Websites as an Engagement Tool, How Parliaments Use Social Media.
This guide is intended to be used by parliaments for the purposes of building effective social media operations. In analysing social media operations, we identified a number of instances of best practice, and problems, that might come up as part of such an operation. It stems from research conducted as part of the Managing Parliament’s Image project.
This Guide is intended to be used by parliaments for the purposes of effectively engaging citizens through their websites. It stems from research conducted as part of the Managing Parliament’s Image project.
This Guide is intended to be used by parliaments for the purposes of effectively organising and managing their websites and the staff responsible for them. It stems from research conducted as part of the Managing Parliament’s Image project.
An Information Retrieval System for Parliamentary XML Documents based on Probabilistic Graphical Model
This paper presents a proposal for an open XML standard for the markup of legal documents: METALex. The standard provides a generic and easily extensible framework for the XML encoding of the structure and contents of legal and paralegal documents. It differs from other existing metadata schemes in two respects: It is language and jurisdiction independent and it aims to accommodate uses of XML beyond search and presentation services.
Publication date:May 2012
This document, commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and developed by the University of Bologna, presents the advantages, opportunities, and challenges involved in applying Legislative XML to a parliamentary workflow. It is addressed to a diverse audience of experts involved in the parliamentary lawmaking system.
The Australian Public Service Information and Communications Technology Strategy 2012 – 2015 outlines how Australian Government agencies will continue to use ICT to drive better service delivery, improve government operations, drive productivity, and to engage with people, the community and business. It supports better, more accessible government services for people when, where and how it suits them, so they can be more productive.
Publication date:September 2012
The convergence of African urbanization and technological change, including the rise of digital media, is driving major change. Perhaps most dramatic, use of cellphones and other mobile devices, already widespread, are becoming a nearly universal platform, not only for telephony but also for audio and video information and entertainment.
Publication date:January 2012
The present report is an initiative of the Secretary-General of the European Parliament. The objective is to progressively introduce an increased attention to the long term issues and to give to the EP's different stakeholders the opportunity to build their own vision of the long term major trends likely to impact their missions and their working processes.
Publication date:February 2012
The European Parliament is confronted by a number of challenging questions with regard to the future organisation of its work, and the ways in which this can be facilitated by Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The purpose of this book is to present our views of knowledge management, and to describe the various processes that we have used in our Parliament to outline and analyse the role and importance of knowledge management, its essential components and application in practice during the years 2000–2001.