UK: The Public Whip

The Public Whip

1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:Bairwell Ltd
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation carried out by a non-governmental institution or a private entity

Source of financing:

private resources – foundations, associations

Year of launching the website/application: 2003
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

Public Whip is an example of how open data concerning the work of the houses of the British Parliament can be used to create a service allowing for a comprehensive control of the work of particular politicians. The service provides specific information on the work of all the members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. A user can browse the available information by MPs, Houses or sectors, this is to say according to the type of decisions concerning the chosen aspect of the state policy. The covered pieces of information date back to 1997.

Particular MPs can be found in the service either with the use of the list featuring all the names in the alphabetical order or through the available browser which, after entering the user’s postal code, displays the names of MPs relevant to a given location.

Then, the user is provided with profiled information concerning the activity of a given politician (party affiliation, information about the term of office during which a given person was a MP); statistics of the votes of the current Parliament (participation in votes, the votes’ accordance with the solutions suggested by the government); a list of the votes (past and current) during which the politician took part or was in opposition to his parliamentary grouping; links to other sites devoted to the monitoring of politicians’ work  –TheyWorkForYou, WriteToThem, HearFromYourMP.

The service is integrated to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. it also features a blog.

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
The application service's usage area:
  • informational role fulfilled by public institutions (“we inform”)
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • Independent website dedicated to the application / solution eGov
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service is not required to verify the identity of users / does not require registration of your account.
Tracking of user's activity:
  • without verification / automatic verification
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. Open Data
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. Social networks (connected with Fb, Twitter, etc.)
  2. Search engine
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • No

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 13.02.2015
Facebook number of fans: 266
Twitter number of followers: 664, number of tweets: 215

5. Screen gallery

<<Strona główna>>

<<Strona główna/ stopka strony>>

<<Wykaz głosowań>>

<<Strona głosowania >>

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<<Strona członka izby parlamentu brytyjskiego >>

<<Wykaz szczególnie istotnych, ze względu na aktywność członka parlamentu głosowań.>>

<<Horyzontalne – sektorowe zestawienie głosowań członka izby parlamentu>>

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