legalytic is a proposal for an analytic tool for academia, journalists and NGOs providing overview of legislations and voting of legislators. Combining data from several government databases and websites it is proposed to create a singular system where information on legislations is concentrated and individual databases interlinked.
think tanks, journalists, academic researchers and other concerned individuals and groups need a tool for advanced analytics of legislations and voting to substitute for the ad hoc manual data compilation and calculations. All interested groups could use this platform as a tool for checking the elected representatives. We plan to create an open source platform that would access databases and adjust the available data to a user-friendly database with built-in analytical and visualization tools. Such platform would allow users to gather information on the two following clusters of issues:
(cumulative) data and metadata on the amount of legislation currently effective and valid, represented according to legal power, source, subject, reasoning, procedures at the ministerial level, ministries, initiators and other relevant criteria. The data provided will include for instance: which ministry amends the laws most often and under which minister/party; what types of laws get amended most often; where the emphasis of the regulation lies (in respect to the number and complexity of legislation); whether there was any reasoning or impact assessment delivered etc.
(cumulative) data and metadata on initiative and voting for proposals introduced in the parliament; the data will be represented according to individual MPs, respective political parties, coalition and opposition allegiance, topics and other relevant criteria. The data and metadata gathered under the bullet 1. will be attributed to respective MPs and parties, or other relevant persons (ministers etc.). The data provided will include for instance: how respective MPs voted on any specific proposals; correlation of one party’s MPs voting; how many indirect amendments can be attributed to any single party or MP etc.