Plenary Protocols as public language resource of Democracy: Classification of Plenary Debates within the PolMine Plenary Protocol Corpus

The focus of this project lies on the classification of plenary debates of the German Parliament. On the basis of an existing corpus of plenary protocols (PolMine) a sample of plenary debates will be manually classified with the taxonomy of political sciences. For that, the coding schema of the Comparative Agenda Project ( will be used. With the help of these then generated training records all plenary debates will be classified. ThePolMine-Corpus already is part of the German Reference Corpus (DeReKo) and available through the Institute of German Language (IDS). In the course of the project it will be hosted for a circle of users of social and political sciences.


  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Blätte, Juniorprofessur für Politikwissenschaft der Stiftung Zukunft NRW, Universität Duisburg Essen
  • Prof. Dr. Gary S. Schaal, Lehrstuhl für Politikwissenschaft, insb. Politische Theorie, Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg