Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Digitization of the Canadian Parliamentary Debates

Abstract
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.

  • View HTML
    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Digitization of the Canadian Parliamentary Debates
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Digitization of the Canadian Parliamentary Debates
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Digitization of the Canadian Parliamentary Debates
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
Corresponding author
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
References
Hide All
Sören Auer , Christian Bizer , Georgi Kobilarov , Jens Lehmann , Richard Cyganiak and Zachary Ives . 2007. “DBPedia: A Nucleus for a Web of Open Data.” In The Semantic Web: Lectures Notes in Computer Science 4825, ed. Karl Aberer , Key-Sun Choi , Natasha Noy Dean Allemang , Kyung-Il Lee , Lyndon Nixon Jennifer Golbeck , Peter Mika , Diana Maynard , Riichiro Mizoguchi , Guus Schreiber and Philippe Cudré-Mauroux . Berlin: Springer.

Christian Bizer , Tom Heath and Tim Berners-Lee . 2009. “Linked data—the story so far.” International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems 5: 205–27.

Peter F. Brown , Stephen A. Della Pietra , Vincent J. Della Pietra , and Robert L. Mercer . 1991. “Word-sense disambiguation using statistical methods.” In Proceedings of the 29th annual meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics, Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 264270.

Daniel Diermeier , Jean-François Godbout , Bei Yu and Stefan Kaufmann . 2012. “Language and Ideology in Congress.” British Journal of Political Science 42: 3155.

Justin Grimmer and G. Gary King 2011. “General Purpose Computer-Assisted Clustering and Conceptualization.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 2643–50.

Alexander Fraser and Daniel Marcu . 2007. “Measuring word alignment quality for statistical machine translation.” Computational Linguistics 33: 293303.

Nancy Ide , and Jean Veronis , eds. 1995. Text encoding initiative: Background and contexts. vol. 29. Berlin: Springer Science & Business Media.

Bernard Manin . 1997. The principles of representative government. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Burt L. Monroe , Michael P. Colaresi and Kevin M. Quinn . 2008. “Fightin' Words: Lexical Feature Selection and Evaluation for Identifying the Content of Political Conflict.” Political Analysis 16: 372403.

Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan B. Slapin . 2010. “Position Taking in European Parliament Speeches.” British Journal of Political Science 40: 587611.

Alexandre Rademaker , Dário Augusto Borges Oliveira , Valeria de Paiva , Suemi Higuchi , Asla Medeiros e Sá , and Moacyr Alvim . 2015. “A linked open data architecture for the historical archives of the Getulio Vargas Foundation.” International Journal on Digital Libraries 15: 153–67.

Margaret E. Roberts , Brandon M. Stewart , Dustin Tingley , Christopher Lucas , Jetson Leder-Luis , Shana Kushner Gadarian , Bethany Albertson and David G. Rand . 2014. “Structural Topic Models for Open-Ended Survey Responses.” American Journal of Political Science 58: 1064–82.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
  • ISSN: 0008-4239
  • EISSN: 1744-9324
  • URL: /core/journals/canadian-journal-of-political-science-revue-canadienne-de-science-politique
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 11
Total number of PDF views: 88 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 360 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 18th January 2017 - 17th October 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.