Gerda Viira


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ParlaMint Widened: a European Dataset of Freedom of Information Act Documents (Position Paper)
Gerda Viira | Maarten Marx | Maik Larooij
Proceedings of the IV Workshop on Creating, Analysing, and Increasing Accessibility of Parliamentary Corpora (ParlaCLARIN) @ LREC-COLING 2024

This position paper makes an argument for creating a corpus similar to that of ParlaMint, not consisting of parliamentary proceedings, but of documents released under Freedom of Information Acts. Over 100 countries have such an act, and almost all European countries. Bringing these now dispersed document collections together in a uniform format into one portal will result in a valuable language resource. Besides that, our Dutch experience shows that such new larger exposure of these documents leads to efforts to improve their quality at the sources. Keywords: Freedom of Information Act, ParlaMint, Government Data