Scottish Parliament returns after summer recess

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

 

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Scottish Parliament consultations closing soon and petitions currently open

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
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

Scottish Parliament committee reports and research briefings – the brave new world of XML and self-publishing

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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Before and After

http://archive.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/education/reports-06/edr06-02.htm#AnnexA

https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/Committees/Report/REC/2017/3/9/Review-of-Priorities-for-Crofting-Law-Reform-1

https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2017/4/27/The-White-Paper-on-the-Great-Repeal-Bill—Impact-on-Scotland

For more information, contact: Stephen Imrie, stephen.imrie@parliament.scot

 

 

#LibrariesMatter because…

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:

http://www.cilips.org.uk/advocacy-campaigns/campaigns/libraries-matter/help-us-show-librariesmatter/
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Who was elected to the Scottish Parliament | Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency

 

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

SPICe Briefings on Europe

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.