Draft Legislation 83% open

Austria

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?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 1

Data format

XML

Data Location

  • https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/RGES/ - Website of the Austrian Parliament
  • https://www.data.gv.at/katalog/dataset/0d207682-c031-4c - Entry on the Austrian open government data portal, data.gv.at
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced Yes CC BY 3.0 AT
    Downloadable at once No
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format XML https://www.data.gv.at/katalog/dataset/0d207682-c031-4cd0-af4d-9d40d229b57e provides an RSS feed in XML to the meta data of each bill
    findable 3
    findable_steps I went to the website of the Austrian Parliament, https://www.parlament.gv.at, then clicked on "Parliament aktiv" ("Parliament active") and then clicked on "Regierungsvorlagen und Gesetzesinitativen" (Government bills and initiated laws). Typing "parlament gesetzesentwürfe" into Google showed the correct page on the Parliament's website as the second result (the first was for public consultations on draft bills). Correct.
    licence_url https://www.data.gv.at/katalog/dataset/0d207682-c031-4c
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 1 To make the data usable, a scraper has to be used
    collector_name Austrian Parliament Correct.
    characteristics Content of bill, Author of bill, Status of bill Authors are in almost all cases ministries. The site names the ministry that initiated the bill (not the civil servants who drafted it). Debates are only available when the bill is discussed in the plenary, not when earlier drafts are discussed in committee (most committees are non-public). Votes in committee and in plenary are released per party/fraction, not per member of parliament.
    location https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/RGES/ - Website of the Austrian Parliament, https://www.data.gv.at/katalog/dataset/0d207682-c031-4c - Entry on the Austrian open government data portal, data.gv.at Websites can be translated but they do not appear to be offered in English.

    Reviewer comments

    As per instructions, it makes sense not to be overly restrictive with draft legislation data and to accept submissions if they do not meet all our characteristics. This data set has 3 of the 5 criteria content, author and status. It is easy to find and readily available. To be specific - Authors are in almost all cases ministries. The site names the ministry that initiated the bill (not the civil servants who drafted it). Debates are only available when the bill is discussed in the plenary, not when earlier drafts are discussed in committee (most committees are non-public). Votes in committee and in plenary are released per party/fraction, not per member of parliament.

    Meta data

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Veronica Green
    Submitters   Mathias Huter
    Last modified   Wed Nov 30 2016 13:16:52 GMT+0000 (UTC)