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Digitization of the Canadian Parliamentary Debates

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 January 2017

Kaspar Beelen*
Affiliation:
University of Amsterdam
Timothy Alberdingk Thijm
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Christopher Cochrane*
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Kees Halvemaan
Affiliation:
University of Amsterdam
Graeme Hirst*
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Michael Kimmins
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Sander Lijbrink
Affiliation:
University of Amsterdam
Maarten Marx*
Affiliation:
University of Amsterdam
Nona Naderi*
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Ludovic Rheault*
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Roman Polyanovsky
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
Tanya Whyte*
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
*
Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, Amsterdam, 1098 XH, email: k.beelen@uva.nl
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3, email: christopher.cochrane@utoronto.ca
Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 10 King's College Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4, email: gh@cs.toronto.edu
Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, Amsterdam, 1098 XH, email: maartenmarx@uva.nl
Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 10 King's College Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4, email: nona@cs.toronto.edu
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3, email: ludovic.rheault@utoronto.ca
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3, email: tanya.whyte@mail.utoronto.ca

Abstract

This paper describes the digitization and enrichment of the Canadian House of Commons English Debates from 1901 to present. We start by laying out the general framework in which this project took place and then present the structure of the database and provide guidelines to prospective users. The paper concludes with the introduction of www.lipad.ca, an online platform designed as a hub for archiving Canadian political data, with the parliamentary proceedings at the centre of its architecture.

Résumé

Cet article décrit la numérisation et l'enrichissement de la publication parlementaire Débats de la Chambre des communes du Canada en langue anglaise, de 1901 à nos jours. Nous commençons par exposer le cadre général dans lequel ce projet s'est inscrit pour présenter ensuite la structure de la base de données et fournir des lignes directrices aux utilisateurs potentiels. L'article se conclut par la présentation de www.lipad.ca, une plateforme en ligne conçue pour être un carrefour d'archivage des données politiques canadiennes, avec les débats parlementaires au centre de son architecture.

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Research Note
Copyright
Copyright © Canadian Political Science Association (l'Association canadienne de science politique) and/et la Société québécoise de science politique 2017 

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