The DemocraSci Project is my heart-project. I was hired at the Chair of Systems Design to guide the creation of the DemocraSci Knowledge Graph. The project is a collaboration with the Swiss Data Science Center.
The goal of the project is to create a searchable graph database of Swiss parliamentary proceedings. We have enhanced the graph with all bills the parliament has handled. The project included processing of over 200,000 PDF pages as well as transforming an online database provided by the Parliamentary Services.
The above shows the schema of our knowledge graph. As you can see, all elements are linked with each other. For instance, bills are linked to their sponsors, the chamber they have been submitted to, other bills they are linked with, as well as parliamentary debates.
The DemocraSci Knowledge Graph is unique to the world. Not only does it span over 130 years, it also connects different aspects of legislative activities. No other database offers this kind of depth.
The Knowledge Graph will be made public to researchers as well as the Swiss public. We are working on a webpage that will allow intuitive querying of the graph as well as downloading the data in different formats. I look forward to sharing this work with the public and other researchers. If you think you could benefit from our data before we're online, let me know. I'm happy to talk to you about your research.