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The Register of Members’ Financial Interests

Questions have been asked about the availability of MPs Register of Financial Interests as open data. The register is available here , albeit not in an open data format. Last year a project was started, and successfully concluded in transferring and categorising this data into the members management information system – where data.parliament gets its […]

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Data and APIs available for the Accountability Hack 2015

National Audit Office, Office of National Statistics and Parliament are holding a joint hack event to look at how they use each others information; what their users want to do with their data and information; and how to improve what they do online. So here is a helpful list of APIs and data-sources for the event using […]

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Fun with Excel

I thought I’d share with the wider community the demonstration that I did at an internal Data.Parliament event here in Parliament. It’s a fun little example of extracted data from Data.Parliament and doing a simple analysis in Excel – in this case showing which departments a member sends written questions to. If your‘re not a […]

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Downloading data from data.parliament

Where we provide APIs to our data, the data.parliament team has provided a method to download a pre-defined subset of data for each dataset as CSV. You can do this easily using the http://explore.data.parliament.uk website. However you will notice that you can only download a maximum of 500 resources at a time, and if you […]

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data.parliament Beta is here!

In February this year we announced that we will be iteratively improving the user experience. Today we are launching the new Beta site. There are many changes and we hope you will like them. Dataset pages have been greatly simplified so that you can get to your data within two clicks. We have re-written many […]

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New theme for data.parliament

You may have noticed a new theme for data.parliament. Following internal and external user feedback on how data.parliament should be presented and the team’s experience to date we have decided to iteratively improve the user experience with the first launch today. We will be gathering feedback over the next month to improve as we go […]

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Testing data.parliament

Software testing for any application is not the same as the development itself, with more datasets from parliament being migrated to data.parliament by the day it is getting challenging to make sure that it is all fine and dandy as it should be. We use various automated and manual testing techniques for end to end […]

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Endpoint Availability Issue

As at 09:30 the DDP team investigating an issue witgh our API endpoints. We are looking into it. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Update: All back and running again

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“Just give us the data!”

Over the lifetime of the project, the team have, on a few occasions, been questioned as to why we are developing a platform, api, linked data capability etc, rather than just ‘giving people the data’. There are a few reasons that we have taken the approach that we have, and whilst we wouldn’t claim to […]

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data.parliament for Starters

I am a business analyst in the Data.Parliament team, looking at the business processes that provide information to Data.Parliament. I went along to last week’s Accountability Hack with the rest of the team, with the aim to see what a non- techie, with no database or programming tools, could achieve using the Data.Parliament website. We […]

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