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The following snippet is just for warming up, you should be able to figure this out yourself, if you got the snippets from the previous installment of this series (hint it has nothing to do with co-authorship):

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After all these interruptions about schemas and jq we now finally come to the real stuff.

But first a note: all these examples below are broken up into multiple lines, but normally its ok to just write them out all in one line.

Without further ado, let's finally dive in …

You probably are sitting on hot coals now hoping for some juicy datamining with python and our no-db console. But first let's have a short digression showing a super-lightweight way of mining the data. If you never heard of the amazing jq tool, it's high time (here's a nice tutorial …

So now you have downloaded at least one dataset, and in previous part you also set up the parltrack no-db console. Now what? how do you know what is in the dataset? For this to answer Parltrack publishes the "schema"s of the datasets on the dumps page. In the …

Last time we set up our no-db console and even made our first query. We saw a mysterious IDXs object. But before we look at this object, first let's look at another one:

The global objects

The no-db console is based on 3 major objects. Metadata about the databases is …

It might not be obvious but the main goal of Parltrack is to liberate the data from the many horrible ways it is published by the European Parliament.

Context

This website here where you can browse some of the data is an editiorialized interpretation. This website here is meant to …

A few dasy ago we got an inquiry from Mr Petrov who works for the EP "Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support, Data Management, Document Production Unit". We welcome the EPs interest in this topic, and are happy to answer these question to the best of our knowledge. Please see …

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on the importance and relevance of assistants of MEPs:

The Parltrack db contains the history of assistants to MEPs. In the last one year we got multiple attempts to have them removed under GDPR excuses (we rejected them and referred them to the dutch DPA). Assistants should …

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On Saturday Parltrack received a request by an ex-assistant of an MEP to delete their name from our data. The name of this person we do not disclose because we respect their privacy in regards of this request which has no public interest value, however their position as an assistant …

MEPs ACTIVITIES AND CHANGE TRACKING

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The rewrite of Parltrack to version 2.0 aims at enabling better reuse of EU Parliament data, but also to make more sense out of it, for instance by keeping track of changes over time.

In Parltrack v1, Information related to Members of the European …

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"I know what you've been voting last session..."

While every democratic institution's legitimacy relies on a duty of transparency, votes in the European Parliament have traditionally been very difficult to access and make sense of. Yet, a minute recording of such critical moments of parliamentary activity is essential for keeping …

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WTF EP HTML?!

Parltrack 2.0 attempts to make sense of the enormous mess of data comprised in the European Parliament (EP) website. By emphasizing "enormous mess" we actually mean that it sometimes feels like efforts have been put to ensure that this parliamentary data is not easily accessible, readable …

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Meet Parltrack 2.0

For the last year and thanks to the grant by the Dutch SIDN Foundation, Parltrack has been the object of a complete re-writing. We are proud to introduce Parltrack 2.0 to the world!

Browse our data by meps or by dossiers.

The general objectives of …