The purpose of this webpage is to provide a description and entry point to the political party data contained within the Political Mashup project.
All data we have on political parties is stored in an XML database, and formatted according to a schema.
More information about the schema can be found here.
All party data is valid according to a RelaxNG schema and a Schematron schema.
Data is retrievable with the use of the resolver. The resolver takes as input a party id, and returns as output an XML file containing all data that is available for that specific party.
Because XML is not easily human readible, we provide an XSLT transformation script to transform the XML file into an HTML file, which is easy to display in any browser. In order to use the XSLT script for nicer display, append ?view=html to the URL for the resolver.
|Date field||Primary source||Completeness||Reliability|
|Name||Complete for all parties referenced in proceedings (1930-current) and within party data and member data. The member data from PDC contained many references to political parties that we have not been able to match to party data from DNPP. In order to make all party references resolvable, we have created stubs for these otherwise unresolvable parties. These stubs contain the party name as found in the PDC data, a unique identifier, alternative names if it was obvious that multiple names refered to the same political entity, and a formation and abolition date.||Unknown|
|AlternativeNames||Complete for all parties referenced in proceedings (1930-current) and within party data and member data||All additions have been manually checked by PM at the time they were added|
|DcRelation||PM||Twice a situation was found by PM where a party made a reference to an unknown party identifier that seemed to represent the same political entity as a different, already known identifier. See Rechtse Volkspartij and Sociaal-Democratische Partij. The discovery was made while making a stub for the missing party identifier. It is possible that more identifiers refer to the same entity.||The judgements were based on information from Wikipedia on 2012-01-24.|
|History||DNPP||Incomplete, see for instance the stubs added by PM below||Unknown. For the stubs created for the party references in the member data, the formation date is defined as the first date a politician had a membership connected with the party, the abolition is defined as the last date a politician had a membership connected with the party.|
|Links||PM, manually added||Links to Wikipedia and PDC have been added if they existed on 2011-10-21||All links have been manually checked by PM on 2011-10-21|
|Seats||PM, parsed from Wikipedia||Only if the data was available on Wikipedia 2012-13-01||Unknown, data automatically collected by PM on 2012-13-01|