21st century digital services
        for parliamentarians

                      Paul Cannon
       Information Assistant...
SPICe
 Scottish Parliament Information Centre
 Who are we?
 What do we do?
 Who do we do it for?
Who are we?

Over 50 people, recruited as
 specialists:

 Half are research subject
  experts
 Half are information spec...
What does SPICe do?


   Facts, analysis, briefings
   Research
   Impartial expertise
   News and current affairs
Information strategy

 Need well-informed citizens to
  contribute to the democratic
  process

 Need well-informed MSPs...
Who for?


   MSPs and their staff
   Parliament committees
   Parliament staff
   The public - indirectly
SPICe services


We provide an internal service to:

 The Scottish Parliament
  Corporate Body
 Senior management
 All ...
How?

 Confidential enquiry service for
  MSPs
 Longer briefings – on bills, hot
  topics
 Work for committees
 On-lin...
Material for Debates
SPICe Insight
Podcasts
Access to the e-environment
Some of the challenges we face:

   Complex inquiries
   …with short deadlines
   Keeping p...
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Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) introduction (by Paul Cannon)

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This introduction to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) was given as a contribution to the ELISA Open Forum 2009. The theme of the Forum was "Libraries and Learning in the e-Environment". Paul gave an overview of the Parliament's information service in the e-environment.

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Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) introduction (by Paul Cannon)

  1. 1. 21st century digital services for parliamentarians Paul Cannon Information Assistant, SPICe 11 June 2009
  2. 2. SPICe Scottish Parliament Information Centre  Who are we?  What do we do?  Who do we do it for?
  3. 3. Who are we? Over 50 people, recruited as specialists:  Half are research subject experts  Half are information specialists  …and office management
  4. 4. What does SPICe do?  Facts, analysis, briefings  Research  Impartial expertise  News and current affairs
  5. 5. Information strategy  Need well-informed citizens to contribute to the democratic process  Need well-informed MSPs to help govern Scotland
  6. 6. Who for?  MSPs and their staff  Parliament committees  Parliament staff  The public - indirectly
  7. 7. SPICe services We provide an internal service to:  The Scottish Parliament Corporate Body  Senior management  All Parliamentary offices
  8. 8. How?  Confidential enquiry service for MSPs  Longer briefings – on bills, hot topics  Work for committees  On-line services  Making parliament information available to the public (website, partner libraries)
  9. 9. Material for Debates
  10. 10. SPICe Insight
  11. 11. Podcasts
  12. 12. Access to the e-environment Some of the challenges we face:  Complex inquiries  …with short deadlines  Keeping publications up-to-date  …and information current  Technology  Training and inductions for staff  Awareness of services and products

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