[Open-Legislation] Reply to: API for EU legislation

JOSEFSSON Erik erik.josefsson at europarl.europa.eu
Thu Jun 23 09:30:21 UTC 2011

Yes, parltrack is very promising! And it looks nice :-)

The tratten scripts were developed by kattla and some have slightly been tweaked by me (I cannot read perl, so it's all guesswork from my part).

Now, there is one table I would really like to have in parltrack format:


I'm advocating we should use open data sets and free tools in the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, but then I also need to show stuff that works and make sense to my colleagues, and we're mostly in "table mode" (even I must say that the "EU-ballons" chart was very popular!!)

My personal goal is to AGPL3+ and Open API the tabling application AT4AM... but that will take at least 2 more years...


Erik Josefsson
Adviser on internet policies
Greens/EFA Group
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 parltrack seems to be a very promising project. Great with the 
 monitoring feature and RSS.

 On Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:34:01 +0200, stef wrote:
> dear Nils Erik, dear fellows,
> On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 03:57:04PM +0200, Niels Erik Kaaber Rasmussen 
> wrote:
>> >(disclaimer: as there's no exisiting viable free alternative i feel
>> >obliged to
>> >develop one myself. i also hope to compete on the comptetition
>> >with this)
>> We are looking forward to see what you come up with. Maybe it will
>> be possible for us cooperate in combining the datasets at a later
>> state.
> i'm proud to announce parltrack: http://parltrack.euwiki.org/ - 
> currently we
> focus on the EP legislative pipeline: scraping dossiers from oeil, 
> meps,
> committee meeting agendas and voting results. all data is available 
> as a json
> dump from mongodb (http://parltrack.euwiki.org/dumps), individual 
> pages are
> all available as json, and there are rss feeds for new and changed 
> dossiers.
> the most important feature is the monitoring feature, that sends
> notifications
> about any changes in details for dossiers. primary goal is to provide 
> a tool
> for policy advocates to intervene more efficiently in the legislative
> process.
> it has been heavily influenced by tratten: http://euwiki.org/Tratten 
> - thanks
> ehj!
> i intend to combine this with pippi longstrings
> (http://pippi.euwiki.org/all),
> so that we have text analysis supporting activist with new incoming
> docs. also
> we joined forces with pudo, who has a similar solution for the german
> bundestag, and we're working with laquadrature du net on 
> politicalmemory2,
> which will cooperate with parltrack on many aspects.
> the code is free under the AGPLv3: https://github.com/pudo/parltrack/
> the scrapers are available as standalone versions as well:
> https://github.com/pudo/parltrack/tree/standalone/parltrack/scrapers
> enjoy, join, comments welcome!
> cheers,s
> ps: congrats Niels Erik for a well deserved 2nd place!

> ps: i enjoy running custom queries on it, like what dossiers where
> spearheaded
> by hungarian meps - turns out they're quite heavily focused on budget 
> issues.

 Best, Niels Erik
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