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Elisa Presentation Intro 20090611

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Elisa Presentation Intro 20090611

  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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