The Parliament of Sri Lanka website was one of the highlights at the BestWeb.lk 2013 award ceremony held last year. The site walked away with three significant awards, including two awards in the special categories. With the gold award as the best Tamil website, Parliament also won the silver award as the best Government site and the bronze for the best Sinhala website.
The motive of the Parliament website is to share updates and information about its daily proceedings with the general public. Buddhika, a member behind the website team, spoke of the importance the website is to the whole country.
“This is the official Sri Lanka Parliament website, which is used to publish legislative information and related documents along with daily updates of the proceedings in the Parliament to the general public. The website is facilitated with comprehensive search by different criteria for public to easily find and reach information.”
Winning the awards has encouraged Buddhika to work more on the Parliament site.
“We have been adding new technologies in order to provide timely updates – data and video – to the general public. The BestWeb.lk awards have motivated us to improve our features and enhance backend technologies.”
Since the Parliament is a Government entity, the team behind the website has made it a point to welcome suggestions from the general public in order to improve the site.
“The users provide us with suggestions and creative ideas to make the website more attractive. This site is a result of a two-way interaction.”
Buddhika also spoke of how the website is integrated with the internal systems prevalent in the Parliament.
“The website is seamlessly integrated with our internal information systems. Updates done to internal information systems are reflected on the website. We are planning to expand the website by adding more information, which are currently available on the intranet.
Many eyes will be on the Parliament website this year as well, as it hopes to consolidate its position as one of the leading Government websites in the island.”