Do you use our Passage of a Bill guide? We would like to know your views on our guide and to understand how you think it could be improved.

An independent research agency, TNS-BMRB, is conducting research on our behalf during March.

TNS-BMRB has set up a discussion forum where you can post comments about the Passage of a Bill guide, tell us what you like about it and where you think changes can be made.

You will be asked to contribute to the discussion forum each day for four days.

If you would like to contribute to this research, or if you would like more information, please e-mail Elizabeth or Andrew at TNS-BMRB:

Last year the House of Commons published the Equality Bill in a trial format. The text of the Equality Bill and its Explanatory Notes was published as one document, with the Bill text and Explanatory Note text interwoven throughout the document.

Latest developments

Following feedback from the Equality Bill exercise we have developed the interwoven idea further. We have posted an experimental version of the Digital Economy Bill on a separate website so that we can experiment with the online presentation of a Bill.

This latest version allows you to move from the clauses of the Bill to the section of the Act the clause will affect. (At present some of the links take you to the Act as originally passed by Parliament and others take you to the updated version of the Act. Ideally all links would take you to the updated Act but for now we hope that this gives you an indication of what we are trying to achieve.)

We have also made improvements to the layout of the interwoven Bill & Explanatory Notes, you now have the option to display relevant explanatory text (taken from the Explanatory Note) below or alongside each clause of the Bill.

There are still several formatting and presentational issues on some browsers, for best results try FireFox or Safari.

Tell us what you think

We would like to hear from you:

  • Do you find this version of the Bill helpful?
  • Does it help you carry out your work?
  • Does it help you understand the purpose and content of the Bill?
  • How can we improve the presentation of Explanatory Notes?
  • What else could we do to make it easier for you to work with these Bill documents and to make them serve your needs better?

For those more technically minded, our developers would be particularly interested to know:

  • Is the use of RDFa useful?
  • Should the HTML produced be valid HTML 5?
  • Should fragments of Bills be made available, in addition to the whole Bill?
  • Should a Bill still be readable on a browser without CSS or Javascript available?

Let us know what you think on the blog comments or by email: webmaster@parliament.uk

As promised in last weeks Social Media statistics update here is a quick review of the whole website for 2009. I will include a definition of visitors, visits, and views atthe bottom of this article.

Headline Figures

for the whole site

  • visitors – 6.7 million, return visitors 1.2 million –  that’s unchanged on visitors but up 0.1 million on return visitors compared to 2008
  • visits – 11.1 million – up 0.2 million on 2008
  • page views – 48.1 million – this is down 1 million on 2008

for http://www.parliament.uk

  • visitors – 3.1 million, return visitors 0.5 million – that’s up 0.4 million visitors and the same number of return visitors for 2008
  • visits – 5.4 million – down 0.4 million visits on 2008
  • page views – 21.4 million – same number of page views as 2008

for http://www.publications.parliament.uk
This covers parliamentary publications.

  • visitors – 4.2 million, return visitors 0.7 million
  • visits – 6.8 million
  • page views – 25.5 million

Top Five pages on the whole site

  1. http://www.parliament.uk (Home Page) – 2.2 million visits
  2. Search – 0.5 million visits
  3. House of Commons Debates (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmhansrd.htm) – 0.4 million visits
  4. Hansard (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/pahansard.htm) – 0.3 million visits
  5. Bills Before Parliament (http://services.parliament.uk/bills/) – 0.3 million visits

Definitions

Pages – Any displayed page. You can specify for each profile the types of files that qualify as a page. These settings can be changed by the WebTrends administrator.

Visits - Number of visits to this page. A visit is a series of actions that begins when a visitor views the first page from the server, and ends when the visitor leaves the site or remains idle beyond the idle-time limit. The default idle-time limit is thirty minutes. This time limit can be changed by the system administrator.

Views – Number of times this page was viewed by visitors.

This is a follow up to Alistair’s original post and will provide a statistical snap shot of how Parliament’s social media is doing and how things have moved on since Alistair’s original post in June 2009.

YouTube

  • www.youtube.com/UKParliament
  • 69 videos on the channel – another 22 since June 2009.
  • Approx views across all videos: 499,000 (this is views on YouTube,  on our site, or other sites where it’s been embedded) – that’s more than double the figure in June.
  • Channel views: about 92,000 – up 25,000 from June.
  • Subscribers: 852 – up 385 from June.

Flickr

www.flickr.com/photos/uk_parliament

Flickr Stats

  • 456,376 views since summer 2008 – that’s up about 275,000 from Junes figure (179,430)
  • Recently we’ve been averaging approx 500 views per day.
  • 51% of these views come from users searching on Flickr.com; 41% from search; 4% from other sites (1% from Parliament.uk) – this is a big change from June with many more views coming from search rather than Flickr and other website.
  • Our most popular image is still the photo of Speaker’s  Table.

Twitter

  • www.twitter.com/ukparliament
  • Regular updates began June 2008.
  • Followers: 16,182 – that’s almost double June’s figure.
  • Updates: 1796 – another 650 in the last six months.
  • Clickthrough on links (according to bit.ly) is usually over 200. With 519 clickthroughs the highest so far. The stats for any of our bit.ly links can be accessed by copying and pasting the bit.ly URL into a browser window, then adding ‘+’.

Facebook

www.facebook.com/pages/London-United-Kingdom/UK-Parliament/16553417732

Launched June 2008 – currently 2,549 fans up from 739 in June.

FriendFeed

http://friendfeed.com/ukparliament

Launched August 2008, aggregating all our social media content, and stories from our news area – 819 subscribers up from 284 in June.

Parliament Labs blog

  • http://parliamentlabs.wordpress.com/
  • Due to staff changes and work pressures we have not been contributing to the blog as much as we used to, this will hopefully change in 2010.
  • 15,000+ views since launching September 2008 – up 5,000 since June 2009.
  • 312 views in one day – for our improving Hansard post – is still our busiest day so far.
  • 54 posts – that is only 2 more since June (!!).
  • 104 comments from members of the public and Web Centre staff across all posts.

For those of you interested in stats I will be publishing a digest of stats for the Parliamentary website in 2009 shortly…

You may have seen the news story, but if not please email your question webmaster@parliament.uk, tweet UK Parliament Twitter, or use the comment box below. The deadline for submitting questions is 20 July. While we cannot guarantee we will ask your specific question, all contributions will be considered in planning the interview.

On 22 July, the Parliament web team will interview the new Commons Speaker John Bercow. We want the public to send us their questions to put to the Speaker as part of this exclusive filmed interview and podcast, which we will publish on the Parliament website at the end of July.

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