Aims and objectives

The overarching goal of the Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data project is to enable large-scale, transnational, cross-language, comparative, diachronic research on the proceedings of parliament, and specifically:

1) to enhance the existing corpus of parliamentary data, using natural language processing and linked data;

2) to develop new and adapt existing tools which will allow the comparative, longitudinal study of the enhanced data; and

3) to explore substantive research questions which will both test and inform the development of those tools, in an iterative process of co-design.

The project will involve three datasets: UK Hansard (House of Commons debates, 1803 to the present); parliamentary proceedings of The Netherlands (1814 to the present); and Canadian Hansard (1867 to the present).