Corporate news 10.12.2016 10:03

STA offers advanced tool for monitoring work of MPs

Ljubljana, 10 December - The Slovenian Press Agency (STA) has added advanced functionality to its news service with a tool which makes it easier for journalists to track and analyse the work of Slovenian lawmakers.

Parliament building.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

The new feature on the STA website comes courtesy of the Parlameter project headed by the Danes je nov dan open data institute, in which the STA is acting as the media partner. The project has been awarded funding by Google's DNI fund.

The STA's coverage of the Slovenian National Assembly now features hyperlinked names of MPs, which lead to information cards featuring basic data about the lawmaker's work and voting record. The information cards will be expanded in the future, including with transcripts of recent speeches.

A graphical tool has also been added to the STA website featuring key data about the most recent session of parliament, including data on voting. The tool also allows users to analyse the voting record of individual MPs. Advanced functionality includes a filter to sort through voting in various working bodies and a tool to compare the voting record of an MP to his/her peers.

An expanded analysis tool for speeches presents data on common words used by individual MPs, the average number of times an MP addresses the National Assembly during a session, their vocabulary and their oratorical style.

One of the main features of Parlameter is the use of information cards which can be integrated for use in other websites. Each of the more than 50 information cards represents its own individual unit with a unique web address.