About Us

ParlRulesData.org aims to make available historical, machine-readable records of parliamentary rules ("standing orders", or "rules of procedure") over prolonged periods of time.

Our project is unique, both in its historical scope and in the way that our data is generated and structured. In particular, we employ a system of stable identifiers that allow users to trace the life history of each procedural rule. As our data is machine-readable and available in both CSV and SQLite formats, users can further employ their software of choice to run their own analyses.

The UK House of Commons dataset, published in 2019, marks the first major ParlRules release spanning over 200 years of UK parliamentary history. Over the coming years, we will extend our data gathering efforts to other legislative chambers in Europe.

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