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Topic Report 8: Re-use of Parliamentary Data

Topic Report 8: Re-use of Parliamentary Data

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A look at the many initiatives, re-using parliamentary data, to explain, analyze, contextualize and visualize how parliaments work.
A look at the many initiatives, re-using parliamentary data, to explain, analyze, contextualize and visualize how parliaments work.

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Published by: ePSI Platform on Dec 02, 2011
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State of Play: Re-use of Parliamentary Data
Keywords
Parliament, Legislaon, PSI, Public Sector Informaon, Parliamentary Monitoring,Parliamentary Informacs, Open Government Data, Open Government, Transparency,Accountability, Parcipaon, Cizen Engagement, Democracy
ePSIplatform Topic Report No: 2011 / 8October 2011Page 2
European Public Sector Informaon PlaormTopic Report No. 2011 / 8
State of Play: Re-use of Parliamentary Data
Author: Daniel DietrichPublished: October 2011
 
State of Play: Re-use of Parliamentary Data
 Abstract 
The ndings of the topic report indicate that the applicaon of Informaon andCommunicaon Technology (ICT) to the documentaon of legislave processes has becomea growing trend in parliamentary monitoring over the last decade. Dierent actors such asGovernments, Civil Society Organisaons, cizens and companies have begun to assess andmonitor the funconing of parliaments as well as their individual members.This has led to the creaon of hundreds of new, innovave and informave websites, toolsand services that make use of parliamentary data in order to beer explain, analyse,contextualise and visualise how parliaments actually work. The main objecves for theseevolving projects can be summarised in the categories:
overall accountability of parliaments and of the individual members of parliament(MPs) to the electorate,
increased cizens’ engagement in the legislave process, and
increased transparency by improved access to informaon about parliaments andtheir work.Although the objecves of these projects might vary, there is evidence that there is agrowing demand for more parliamentary data to be made available in a structured way, inmachine-processable formats and openly licensed allowing for re-use and re-distribuon of the data. The parliaments themselves and open-data acvist individuals and groups, inspite of occasional taccal dierences mostly share the same strategic goal of increasedaccess and democrac parcipaon. While the new approaches have opened up a vastrange of possibilies for cizens’ and parliamentarians’ interacon, these sll remainsomewhat under-ulised.
 
1Introduction
What issues are debated in your parliament this week? Did the polical party you havegiven your voice play an acve role in the legislave debate of a topic that really maers toyou? How did an individual Member of Parliament (MP) vote on an issue that really maersto you?In order to be able to answer these quesons we need informaon produced byparliaments, MPs and those following developments - be it the media, analysts, academics,think-tanks or lobbyists. While this has tradionally been the purview of a ‘middleman-class’ which relays the informaon between the electorate and the elected, newinformaon technology makes it possible for all - the electorate, the elected and themiddlemen to access far more informaon, to process it and analyse it in ways which werepreviously not possible. As this brief survey shows, the possibilies have been taken up
ePSIplatform Topic Report No: 2011 / 8October 2011Page 3

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