Draft Legislation 100% open


What data is expected?

Data about the bills discussed within national parliament as well as votings on bills (not to mix with passed national law). Data on bills must be available for the current legislation period. Open data on the law-making process is crucial for parliamentary transparency: What does a bill text say and how does it change over time? Who introduces a bill? Who votes for and against it? Where is a bill discussed next, so the public can participate in debates? This data category draws on work by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Declaration of Parliamentary Openness.

  • Content of bill
  • Author of bill
  • Votes on bill per member of parliament
  • Transcripts of debates on bill
  • Status of bill

How open is the data?

Well documented. All data can be found on the sites provided. The comments are from the original submitter. B1.1: The data is provided separated by the two chambers of the brazilian Congress: the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. B2.2: The first two links contain the open data portal of each chamber, with access to API/webservice. In the case of the Chamber of Deputies, the same pages shows the possibility of downloading raw data in .csv format, but it is not yet comprehensive and it is a beta version. The other two are the research webpage for bill consultations for each chamber. B2.3: I already knew that I had to search for the two chambers of the brazilian Congress, so I just had to google “Open data + the name of the chamber”. The first links are those shown above. B3: I checked every information for each chamber in the research portal, which is easier to access and find information. But all data are also available through the open data portal. The content, author and status are basic informations available as soon as you look for a bill. The transcripts and votes can be obtained below at “Tramitacao” (roughly translated as “processing”). B5: Data is downloadable in bulk through the API/webservice system in both chambers. The Chamber of Deputies has a additional beta feature for a raw data download in .csv format. B6: Data was updated from the day the survey was filled. B7.1: I found an explicit link for a license in the case of the Federal Senate, which is a OKD Compliant (other) license that redirects to the Open Definition. In the case of the Chamber of Deputies, I just found a link about Open Data without mentioning a specific license (http://www2.camara.leg.br/transparencia/dados-abertos/perguntas-e-respostas). B8: I could only find .csv and .json format for the Chamber of Deputies, which also has .xml. The Senate offers .html and .xml. B9: You need to have programming skills to access the API/webservice and use the data.

Data location   http://www2.camara.leg.br/transparencia/dados-abertos/d - Open Data for Draft Legislation provided by the Chamber of Deputies
   http://dadosabertos.senado.gov.br/ - Open Data for Draft Legislation provided by the Federal Senate
   http://www.camara.leg.br/buscaProposicoesWeb/pesquisaSi - Research portal for Draft Legislation provided by the Chamber of Deputies
   http://www25.senado.leg.br/web/atividade - Research portal for Draft Legislation provided by the Federal Senate
Data licence   http://dadosabertos.senado.gov.br/dataset/lista-detalha
Data format   CSV, HTML, JSON, XML
Reviewer   Michael Beatty
Submitters   Wagner Faria de Oliveira
Last modified   Thu Nov 24 2016 18:45:51 GMT+0000 (UTC)



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