About the project

Plenary debates are the publicly visible outcome of controversial internal debates, hearings, negotiations and analyses. Videos of the respective speeches are the “spectacular” parts of politics, which find their way into newsrooms, social media feeds and Late Night Shows. But the way video contents are currently published is largely based upon sharing short key moments, with a clear lack of contextual information (full speech, relevant original documents, additional materials, other speeches on the same subject, public discourse, fact checks, etc.).

This means video clips are used to share short moments, but as soon as the speeches are used for in-depth analyses, fact checks, learning or longform reporting, we rely solely on the text-based transcripts and quotes.


What is Open Parliament TV?

With Open Parliament TV we develop the workflows, tools and user interfaces required to facilitate new ways of experiencing political speeches. At the core we synchronise the video recordings with the plenary proceedings. This is how we can provide a full text search for the videos.

Open Parliament TV Screenshot

By connecting the video recording with the proccedings text we can additionally enrich the videos with

  • interactive transcripts
    (click on a sentence > jump to point of time in the video)
  • context-related annotations
    (display relevant documents at certain points of time)
  • improved means of participation
    (discuss, cite and share specific video segments)

With Open Parliament TV journalists receive a tool, which significantly simplifies finding, sharing and citing video snippets from parliamentary speeches. Based on single terms or sentence fragments, the relevant video snippets can be found in split seconds, played and then embedded as a quote in other platforms.

Besides the full text search, Open Parliament TV includes additional entry points into the debates, like finding speeches via the profile page of a faction or watching all speeches in which a specific document or law is mentioned. In the future we want to extend these functionalities with semi-automated analysis of the plenary proceedings.


Goal

We want to fundamentally change the way people interact with video-based publications of parliamentary debates. Our goal is to make debates in parliament more transparent, accessible and understandable.

Starting with speeches in the German Bundestag, we have created a system of interoperable components, which allow a seamless transfer to regional parliaments, city councils, EU parliament sessions or additional national parliaments. This portability is a key component of the project and has been taken into account from the very beginning.

In the long term, Open Parliament TV shall contribute to making political debates accessible beyond the boundaries of single parliaments or countries:

Open Parliament TV - Open Source Project Proposal

Contact & Requests

Joscha Jäger, Project Lead
Mail: joscha.jaeger [AT] openparliament.tv
Twitter: @OpenParlTV


Open Data

All Data on Open Parliament TV can be requested via our Open Data API:


Open Source

Open Parliament TV is a non-commercial Open Source project. All project components are published under open licenses at Github:


FAQ

Questions about the project, our data or technical specifications are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions.


Team


The basis for Open Parliament TV has been developed in a 6-month project by Boris Hekele and Joscha Jäger together with abgeordnetenwatch.de, funded via demokratie.io: