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Parliament of Finland on the Semantic Web
ParliamentSampo Linked Open Data service and the semantic portal Parlamenttisampo.fi were released for open use on February 14th, 2023. More information about the ParliamentSampo system can be found below:
ParliamentSampo portal landing page with application perspectives to speeches and people
ParliamentSampo is a linked open data research infrastructure of Finnish parliamentary data based on some million speeches extracted from the minutes of the plenary sesssion of the Parliament of Finland (PoF). This data was interlinked with an ontology of actors, organizations, and events of the PoF that was created in a data-driven fashion from open databases of the PoF, the Government, and enriched using Wikidata and the BiographySampo system. ParliamentSampo was developed at the Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG Centre for Digital Humanities) using novel semantic computing technologies to study parliamentary politics and political culture. Developing ParliamentSampo was part of the Semantic Parliament consortium research project, funded by the Academy of Finland in 2020-2022 as part of the DIGIHUM 2020-2022 programme on Digital Humanities. The project brought together researchers at the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, and University of Turku, Center for Parliamentary Studies, with complementary, multi-disciplinary expertise in language technology, semantic computing and web technologies, and political and media research, respectively.
The video below gives an introduction to the Semantic Parliament project as well as the ParliamentSampo system.
hyvonen-parliamentsampo-2021-03-04 from SeCo Research Group on Vimeo.
The other video gives an introduction to the Members of Parliament Knowledge Graph and Data Service.
Members of Parliament in Finland, Knowledge Graph and its Linked Open Data Service from SeCo Research Group on Vimeo.
Results of the Project
Results of the project were presented at the Final Seminar of the DIGIHUM Program on Nov 10, 2022, as overviewed in the video presentation below:
ParliamentSampo datasets, data servises, and the in-use portal Parlamenttisampo.fi were officially published on February 14, 2023, at this seminar.The key ideas and major features of ParliamentSampo are presented in this paper of the DiPaDa 2022 conference. A more technical description about the ParliamentSampo infrastructure and its parts can be found in this article. More information about this project is available at the Finnish homepage and in the publications below.
Contact Persons and Collaborators
- Professor Eero Hyvönen, University of Helsinki (HELDIG) and Aalto University. Project consortium leader and the Principal Investigator (PI) at the University of Helsinki (HELDIG).
- Staff Scientist, Dr. Jouni Tuominen, Aalto University and HELDIG. PI at Aalto University.
- Adjunct Professor Kimmo Elo, University of Turku, Centre for Parliamentaty Studies. PI at the University of Turku.
The project steering committee includes, in addition to the PIs above, Matti La Mela (Aalto), Ari Apilo (Parliament of Finland), Sari Wilenius (Parliament of Finland) ja Aki Hietanen (Ministry of Justice). The project also has an Intenational Advisory Board: Dr. Laura Hollink (CWI, Centrum Wikunde & Informatica, Amsterdam), Prof. Bruno Martins (University of Lisbon), and Prof. Andra Siibak (University of Tartu, Estonia, Institute of Social Studies).