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assembly commission – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 6th October 2009.

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Photo of John McCallister John McCallister UUP 3:30 pm, 6th October 2009

4. asked the Assembly Commission to provide an update on the development of the new Assembly website.           (AQO 182/10)

Photo of Robert Coulter Robert Coulter UUP

The business case for the project and the procurement strategy for the design and hosting phase of the project have been drafted, and they will be agreed at the next project board meeting in mid-October. The project team continues to evaluate content management systems and will put together demonstration sessions for the project board and clerking and reporting staff.

Photo of John McCallister John McCallister UUP

I am grateful to Rev Coulter for his answer. He will be aware that the Assembly website is one of the main portals through which the public can see what goes on in this Building. If the old website is anything to go by, the new one should be excellent. Will the Commission consider making archive video of Assembly proceedings more accessible?

Photo of Robert Coulter Robert Coulter UUP

The Communications Office continually works to update and design the structure of the present website, introducing enhanced services and making use of social media channels, such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. At my age, I am not sure whether there are any more, although at times in this House we certainly twitter a bit.

Recently, a new service was introduced: the video archive. Website users can watch again or catch up on any Question Time session from the Chamber. Participation in social media technologies is expanding rapidly, and the Assembly’s use of such channels encourages communication between the Assembly and its stakeholders. In addition, it increases opportunities for interaction. For example, a new web presence,, has been established to deliver content relating to the Assembly roadshows. The website contains video taken at the roadshows and it is linked to the Assembly’s Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube feeds, which invite comments from visitors on a number of discussion topics.