Analysing and Visualising Parliamentary Questions: A Linked Data Approach

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10546)


In many national parliaments, Members can exercise a basic Parliamentary function of holding the Executive to account by submitting Questions to Government Ministers. In certain parliaments, Members also have the faculty of either requesting a written answer or an oral one. Parliamentary Questions (PQs) often generate significant media attention and public interest, and are considered to be a very useful tool for parliamentarians to scrutinise the Government’s operative and financial administration. Interesting insights about individual Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as about the Parliament as a collective institution can be gleaned by analysing PQs. In this paper we present a linked data approach to PQs that is complemented with visualisations intended to increase the accessibility, by citizens, to this rich repository of parliamentary data. We use PQ data from the Maltese Parliament ranging over the last four legislatures and present an application called PQViz that exploits graph analytics to expose interesting insights from this data.


Linked data Graph analytics Visualisations Parliamentary data 



This work is part of the apps4Parliament project and is being done in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker (Parliament of Malta) and co-funded by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta

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