ParlaCLARIN workshop during LREC 2018
Parliamentary data is a major source of socially relevant content. It is available in ever larger quantities, is multilingual, has rich metadata, and has the distinguishing characteristic that it is essentially a transcription of spoken language produced in controlled circumstances, which is now increasingly released also in audio and video formats. All those factors in combination require solutions related to its archiving, structuring, synchronization, visualization, querying and analysis. Furthermore, adequate approaches to its exploitation also have to take into account the need of researchers from vastly different Humanities and Social Sciences fields, such as political sciences, sociology, history, and psychology.
An inspiring CLARIN-PLUS cross-disciplinary workshop “Working with parliamentary records”  that was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in Spring 2017, and a comprehensive overview of a multitude of the existing parliamentary resources within the CLARIN infrastructure  clearly indicated a need for better harmonization, interoperability and comparability of the resources and tools relevant for the study of parliamentary discussions and decisions, not only in Europe but worldwide.