Legislation.gov.uk wins – ‘Best example of ICT-enabled innovation and enterprise’ Award

Example search on legislation.gov.uk

Legislation.gov.ukopens in new window won the category of ‘Best example of ICT-enabled innovation and enterprise’ at the UK Public Sector Digital Awards, supported by TSO’s innovative approach to technology. It is a fantastic success against stiff competition at the primary technology awards event for the public sector. 

Legislation.gov.uk has transformed the way professionals and the public access and use legislation. TSO worked closely with The National Archives (TNA) to develop the first linked data statute book in the world.

The legislation.gov.uk service is underpinned by a technology innovation that has improved service delivery while cutting costs to the tax payer by a third.

‘The UK Public Sector Digital Awardsopens in new window are hugely important in celebrating ICT successes across the public services,’ said Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.

A massive 6.5 million documents are available on the website and this is growing daily. Legislation is also much easier for professionals and the public to find and use, thanks to the optimised website content which is now readily found in search engine listings. It is easy to identify when legislation came into force, and the status of legislation is clear. Additionally people can reuse legislation data in different applications and link it to other databases. For the first time the government can demonstrate precisely how an Act would look if an Amending Bill is passed.

TSO developed and now hosts and manages the legislation.gov.uk site for TNA. The programme to implement the site required content migration from various sources, and manipulation into user friendly formats. The website was created with ease of use in mind; the project involved extensive user experience testing and architecture was designed to cope with the increased volumes of activity. The website has already seen the monthly use increase to 250% more than the combined use of the previous two websites, and has become one of the government’s most visited sites with monthly page views of up to 50.5 million.

Every day TSO publishes legislation in enacted or made and revised formats requiring data transformation and conversion. Using TSO’s transformational services, a repository of over 6.5 million documents is now freely available on the website and growing daily.

Best example of ICT-enabled innovation and enterprise finalists list:

  • The National Archives (TNA) ­– legislation.gov.uk
  • SARAH Mobile Working Solution – Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • NHS North Central London Cluster Procurement Cooperative – NHS Camden Shared Services
  • NYP mobile – North Yorkshire Police
  • The Big Society – Alive and clicking in Bramcote – Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Transformation of Barts and The London NHS Trust clinical haematology unit to a paperless operation – Barts and The London NHS Trust
  • Department of Health – Mobile Technology Project to improve Community Services – Transforming Community Services Programme, Department of Health Telestroke Network Project – NHS Surrey
  • E Registration – Land Registry for Northern Ireland.
The UK Public Sector Awards 2012 were sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services.