Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Transformation in the United Kingdom Parliament
About the United Kingdom Parliament. Written on September, 2021
The United Kingdom Parliament is an ancient institution steeped in history, tradition and established protocols. Amid the rapid changes brought on by the digital revolution, the UK Parliament is undergoing a substantial transformation. The process of digitally transforming a centuries-old establishment comes with its unique challenges and opportunities. The Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) has taken up the task of addressing these challenges head-on and harnessing opportunities to facilitate the UK Parliament's digital transition.
Differentiating between Digitisation and Digitalisation
The process of converting information into a digital format, known as digitisation, has been an ongoing endeavour for the UK Parliament. The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of having this data readily accessible, as remote voting and television broadcasts could be facilitated seamlessly due to pre-existing digital infrastructure.
On the other hand, digitalisation is a broader concept. It encompasses not only the digitisation of information but also the adoption and implementation of digital processes. The goal here is to create digital equivalents of traditional parliamentary processes. However, a crucial challenge that arises is the integration of these digital systems without undermining the value and significance of long-standing procedures and ceremonial elements that shape the Parliament's identity.