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Tools for analysis

Which politicians are the most active?

Political Mashup activity of Dutch parliamentary members

Figure 1. Political Mashup activity of Dutch parliamentary members

Since speeches are objects linked to politicians, these can be automatically counted, allowing analyses for activity by e.g. politicians, political parties or countries. One demonstration of such an application is from PoliticalMashup, which allows exploring the Dutch parliamentary proceedings to see which politicians are the most active. See the demonstrator in figure 1 or on the website.

 

Linking to other collections

How are political debates covered in the media?

Parliamentary proceedings can be linked to the national media to allow such analyses. One demonstration of such an application is the PoliMedia project. In PoliMedia the Dutch parliamentary proceedings were analysed with named-entity recognition and linked to Dutch collections of newspapers and radio-bulletins at the National Library. A search interface was created on top of these links in order to allow scholars to search speeches in debates using keywords, and find the corresponding media coverage. For a detailed description, see Kleppe et al. (2014) PoliMedia: Analysing Media Coverage of Political Debates by Automatically Generated Links to Radio & Newspaper Items (PDF).