Parliamentary Monitor is a new Institute for Government project taking a data-driven look at the work of Parliament to improve effectiveness of government. It examines the resources involved in running the Houses of Parliament, how legislation is passed, and how government is scrutinized. This is the first of an annual series.
You can also read a summary of this work.
The Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh is holding a free event to celebrate the launch of the new PA-X Peace Agreement Database on the occasion of the Association of Human Rights Conference Edinburgh.
The Inclusion Project: Peace Agreements, Inclusion and Human Rights, Professor Christine Bell, Programme Director, Political Settlement Research Programme (www.politicalsettlements.org; www.peaceagreements.org)
Booking and more details via Eventbrite
Thu 6 September 2018
17:00 – 18:00 BST
On Wednesday 10 October, Conservative grandee Lord Heseltine will open the Festival with an “in conversation”-style event with Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh. He will talk about his life serving in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major as well as his current political views on issues such as Brexit. The Festival will also feature best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard. Professor Beard will feature on day four of the Festival talking about her book Woman and Power as well as the BBC Civilisations series which she co-wrote and presented.
Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, social commentator and Orwell Prize-winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki, and historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE will also appear. Book you tickets now.
The Scottish Government plan to transition their website from Beta in September. If you have been using the Beta site to search for publications recently you might be a little perplexed by their choice of tagging. Under the publications tab, for example, the word publication is used in many different contexts. Items with ISBNs appear to be filed under Corporate reports, however if you use an ISBN in the search box it comes back as item not found.
Please be aware that none of these issues will be looked at until after the site transitions in September.
The Product Manager of gov.scot has a collated list of all SWOP members’ comments and we look forward to working with this team to improve the functionality of the Publications section of the new site going forward.
At the end of last year National Records of Scotland’s blog published a short series about their new Web Continuity Service. Here’s a handy round-up of the posts:
- Websites as archival public records and the ‘looking glass’ into government
…government websites form an integral part of the public record. National archives, who capture, preserve and make available public records, are therefore taking steps to capture a representative record of this modern aspect of government. To do so, national archives are creating web archives…
Read the full post here
2. What is web archiving? History, technology, collections
The World Wide Web was pioneered in the late 1980s to help share information more efficiently and effectively. Needless to say this new system proved to be a hit, leading to its global rollout in the early 1990s. It didn’t take long for observers to ponder that there was probably a lot of content on the Web that would be worth saving for posterity (particularly due to its vulnerability to change), but how?
Click here to read more
3. The NRS Web Archive and the NRS Web Continuity Service
The NRS Web Continuity Service went live in February 2017. Delivered as part of NRS’s Digital Preservation Programme, our service allows us to archive selected websites that fall within our statutory and strategic collecting remit, and make all archived snapshots accessible in the NRS Web Archive. After just a few months of operations, we are delighted to say that the service is fully functioning and delivering on what it set out to do.
To find out more, click here!
4. Aiming for quality: selection, capture, QA and preservation of the NRS Web Archive
But what do we mean by ‘high quality web archive’? In web archiving, quality can be related to three elements:
- Completeness – how much of captured website’s links, text, downloads etc. the crawler has been able to access and capture
- Behaviour – how much of the navigational functionalities within the captured website snapshot have been preserved, compared to the live site
- Appearance – how much the design, ‘look and feel’ and user experience of the website has been captured and preserved
See the full post here
The listings are now available to view for the following months:
On Wednesday 13th June SWOP visited the Glasgow Women’s Library. We received plenty of tea and cake – along with a very warm welcome – at this unique museum of women’s history.
“I had no idea that the Glasgow Women’s Library had so much to offer. Apart from the traditional lending library there is also lots of interesting artefacts in the archive collection, too many to mention and definitely worth a trip out from Glasgow City Centre for a visit. Thanks for a great afternoon” – Morag Higgison, Scottish Government Library