Professor Dr. Maarten Marx and Anne Schuth, both of the Universiteit van Amsterdam Informatics Institute, will present a paper entitled DutchParl: The Parliamentary Documents in Dutch, at LREC 2010: The 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, to be held 17-23 May 2010 in Malta. The DutchParl corpus is available here. Here is the abstract of the paper:
A corpus called DutchParl is created which aims to contain all digitally available parliamentary documents written in the Dutch language. The first version of DutchParl contains documents from the parliaments of The Netherlands, Flanders and Belgium. The corpus is divided along three dimensions: per parliament, scanned or digital documents, written recordings of spoken text and others. The digital collection contains more than 800 million tokens, the scanned collection more than 1 billion. All documents are available as UTF-8 encoded XML files with extensive metadata in Dublin Core standard. The text itself is divided into pages which are divided into paragraphs. Every document, page and paragraph has a unique URN which resolves to a web page. Every page element in the XML files is connected to a facsimile image of that page in PDF or JPEG format. We created a viewer in which both versions can be inspected simultaneously. The corpus is available for download in several formats. The corpus can be used for corpus-linguistic and political science research, and is suitable for performing scalability tests for XML information systems.
Thanks to Professor Dr. Marx for this information.
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