The Scottish Parliament would like feedback on their new website which is currenty in beta. The site hosts Legislation (Bills) and Debates and Questions. My first question is “Where has the official report gone?” The publication called the Official Report, established in 1999, is not mentioned on the beta site. It appears now under ‘Debates and Questions’. This is an issue for archiving purposes, metadata creation (is this a change of title? I believe not) and citing the resource, for example. Authoritative information is difficult enough to find so consistency in my experience is key. Please have a look at the new site and see if it meets your users needs. Feedback can be sent to email@example.com or by clicking on the ‘was this page useful’ tab at the foot of each webpage.
Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill – stage 1 debate scheduled for 31 January 2019.
Watch this Scottish Parliament animation to find out about the Scottish budget process, how Scottish income tax rates and bands are set and how you can help shape decisions.
Designed to showcase the positive impact the Scottish Parliament has had on the lives of those living in Scotland over the last two decades, the programme will include the launch of a new public exhibition telling the story of the Parliament; a series of family days; and a national photography competition to find the best images illustrating Holyrood’s 20-year history.
The highlight of the programme will be an event in the Debating Chamber on Saturday 29 June, marking almost 20 years to the day since the Parliament officially assumed it’s legal powers. As well as the Chamber event, the Parliament will later that day open its doors to the people of Scotland for an afternoon of celebration and commemoration.
The Parliament is also starting a nationwide search for the babies that were born on 1 July 1999 to invite them to take part in the celebration on Saturday 29 June. Any young people who were born on 1 July 1999 in Scotland should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 first Chamber business of the new parliamentary term takes place on Tuesday (5th Sept) and includes:
First Minister’s statement and debate on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017-18.
Find out more in the Business Bulletin
A very interesting link that may be of interest to Public Librarians and perhaps School Librarians alike.
This leaflet explains the different roles of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament.
Consultations closing soon:
Social Security (Scotland) Bill – closing 23 August
Inquiry – Immigration – closing 25 August
Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill – closing 15 September
Islands (Scotland) Bill – closing 25 September
Petitions currently open for signature include:
PE01669: Independent vaccine safety commission
PE01670: Reform the Scottish electoral system to make it democratic and accountable
PE01671: Sale and use of glue traps
The Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee is calling for views on the impact of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on the devolution settlement.
The committee will consider the Bill, as well as the expected legislative consent memorandum, after the summer recess
The closing date for responses is Friday 29 September 2017.
In now 5 sessions of the Scottish Parliament, parliamentary committees and our research service – SPICe – have published hundreds of reports and briefings as part of their consideration of legislation, inquiries, petitions and the myriad of different issues that make up a modern Parliament.
But we’ve never sought to improve the look and utility of our documents. We’ve always published them online, but given little thought to what the reader wants. With the explosion in the growth of PCs, tablets and smartphones, providing documents designed for the digital age is key. So is thinking about what the reader wants to read – 200 pages of closely typed text with a beginning, middle and the conclusions right at the end, or bite-sized chunks of information with the main messages and conclusions upfront?
As part of the Parliament’s overall Digital Programme, committee reports and SPICe briefings have been overhauled and modernised. This has involved a move towards an XML editing tool to enable us to write in HTML for direct publishing to the web. Whilst the PDF is not quite dead – it still forms our historic record for archival purposes – the aim is to focus on the online versions to make them more readable, with a higher content of infographics and multi-media, and with the purpose of allowing the reader to read as much or as little and s/he wants.
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In the lead up to the local government election in May CILIP in Scotland will be campaigning for libraries across Scotland and showing why #LibrariesMatter. SWOP members can help with this campaign.
If you would like to know more and become more involved take a few minutes to visit:
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Check this quick guide for a complete list, with photos, of each MSP elected to represent you in this coming session of the Scottish Parliament.
These is also a list of the current committees and which MSPs will be serving on these committees.
This information appears on the Scottish Parliament website where you can subscribe to their e-bulletin – A Week in the Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre produce an excellent selection of research briefings available to view on EU and International Affairs. You can view more about the history of the EU, the Institutions involved and the impact of EU membership in Scotland.
The Scottish Parliament offers a free eBulletin newsletter with information about future debates and events. This is issued each week, normally on Friday afternoon and SPICe include information on their briefings in this publication. Registration is required.
The SP Business Bulletin is no longer a printed publication and is now delivered via a database. This is currently in beta.
This latest SPICe briefing gives breakdowns and comparisons from the recent Scottish Parliament Election 2016.
SPICe briefings are available on the Scottish Parliament website. These research briefings are written by specialists in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). They are used by MSPs to support parliamentary business and give summaries and overviews on matters being discussed in the Parliament.