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Crowdsourcing the Digital Parliament –
The Case of the Hellenic OCR Team
Fotios Fitsilis and George Mikros
15th Wroxton Workshop
30 July 2022
Parliaments & public
engagement panel
Content – 5 W’s and an H
 What
 Why
 Who
 Where
 When
 How
2
What is the Hellenic OCR Team?
 Scientific initiative – volunteered research
 Based on crowdsourcing
 Expert network
 Project based work
 Personal and institutional members (currently ~60)
3
Why it matters
 Links parliaments with
society
 Involves interested
stakeholders
 Offers geographic,
disciplinary, & sectoral
diversity
 Has global outreach
 Tackles a broad range of
research objectives
Research objectives
 Holistic study of
parliamentary corpora
 Design &
implementation of
digital platforms
 Citizen’s engagement
with representative
institutions
 Challenges &
application of emerging
technologies
4
Who we are
5
Gender Scientific background
N=50
Who we are
6
Working sector
N=50
Where we are
7
Where and since when the Team exist
Timing
 Established – Fall 2017
 Transformation into
expert network –
January 2022
8
Global initiative
 4 continents
 14 countries
Top representation
 Greece, 62%
 Italy, 8%
 UK, Germany, Qatar, 4%
How we work
 Organised in working groups – regular & ad hoc
 Offer training and targeted capacity building
 Addressing contemporary trends & challenges
 Following the members’ abilities & requests
9
Time investment
N=50
Partners
National parliaments
Universities
Research centers
NGOs
Private entities
Current activities
 The Team currently undertakes 4
main research activities:
 Building of an ecosystem of apps and
services with the potential to advance
inter-institutional interoperability
 Integrated text analytics of
parliamentary corpora (e.g. motion of
no confidence)
 Study of application on emerging
technologies in the parliamentary
workspace
 Advancing parliamentary diplomacy via
development and use of digital
platforms
10
Out-of-the-box
approach
Inherent flexibility,
quick reflexes, & the
disruptive nature of
emergent technology
makes it difficult to
approximate the
evolutionary path of
the Hellenic OCR Team
The Team’s future
 Expansion (rate ~10 members/year)
 Interconnection with other
parliamentary projects, networks,
& initiatives
 IPU
 Inter Pares
 IPEN
 Hansard at Huddersfield
 IPIs
 Potential institutionalisation
11
hellenicOCRteam.gr
info@hellenicOCRteam.gr
Disclaimer
The information and views set out in this presentation are
only those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the
official opinion of their institutions
Contact
12

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Crowdsourcing the Digital Parliament –   The Case of the Hellenic OCR Team

  • 1. Crowdsourcing the Digital Parliament – The Case of the Hellenic OCR Team Fotios Fitsilis and George Mikros 15th Wroxton Workshop 30 July 2022 Parliaments & public engagement panel
  • 2. Content – 5 W’s and an H  What  Why  Who  Where  When  How 2
  • 3. What is the Hellenic OCR Team?  Scientific initiative – volunteered research  Based on crowdsourcing  Expert network  Project based work  Personal and institutional members (currently ~60) 3
  • 4. Why it matters  Links parliaments with society  Involves interested stakeholders  Offers geographic, disciplinary, & sectoral diversity  Has global outreach  Tackles a broad range of research objectives Research objectives  Holistic study of parliamentary corpora  Design & implementation of digital platforms  Citizen’s engagement with representative institutions  Challenges & application of emerging technologies 4
  • 5. Who we are 5 Gender Scientific background N=50
  • 6. Who we are 6 Working sector N=50
  • 8. Where and since when the Team exist Timing  Established – Fall 2017  Transformation into expert network – January 2022 8 Global initiative  4 continents  14 countries Top representation  Greece, 62%  Italy, 8%  UK, Germany, Qatar, 4%
  • 9. How we work  Organised in working groups – regular & ad hoc  Offer training and targeted capacity building  Addressing contemporary trends & challenges  Following the members’ abilities & requests 9 Time investment N=50
  • 10. Partners National parliaments Universities Research centers NGOs Private entities Current activities  The Team currently undertakes 4 main research activities:  Building of an ecosystem of apps and services with the potential to advance inter-institutional interoperability  Integrated text analytics of parliamentary corpora (e.g. motion of no confidence)  Study of application on emerging technologies in the parliamentary workspace  Advancing parliamentary diplomacy via development and use of digital platforms 10
  • 11. Out-of-the-box approach Inherent flexibility, quick reflexes, & the disruptive nature of emergent technology makes it difficult to approximate the evolutionary path of the Hellenic OCR Team The Team’s future  Expansion (rate ~10 members/year)  Interconnection with other parliamentary projects, networks, & initiatives  IPU  Inter Pares  IPEN  Hansard at Huddersfield  IPIs  Potential institutionalisation 11
  • 12. hellenicOCRteam.gr info@hellenicOCRteam.gr Disclaimer The information and views set out in this presentation are only those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of their institutions Contact 12