Activity no. 3: Develop, deploy and support software applications and open standards
The regional pilot project "Strengthening Parliaments' Information System in Africa" developed Bungeni – an end-to-end suite of applications that provides a world-leading solution for drafting, managing, consolidating and publishing legislative and other parliamentary documents. Bungeni wants to address the growing and challenging demands of increasing the efficiency of parliamentary activities and at the same time making Parliaments more open and accessible to citizens, virtually allowing them “inside the Parliament” or Bungeni (the Kiswahili word for “inside the Parliament”).
Bungeni is built upon key pillars of open source, multi-platform, open standards, and multilingualism, which makes it applicable in the very different African contexts. It uses a unique approach that gives legislative drafters a familiar word-processing experience using the familiar Open-Office word-processing package for document creation, but ultimately stores the documentary information as platform independent structured XML files (for more information on Bungeni please see www.bungeni.org).
Some of the tasks which will be undertaken for deployment of the Bungeni Parliamentary Information System include:
“Open access” requires that the information and the search and retrieval of data is structured in a way that allows users (MPs, the Executive, citizens, public administration and enterprises) to access and manipulate the information in the form that is most convenient to them.
The AKOMA NTOSO framework, developed by the regional pilot project “Strengthening Parliaments' Information Systems in Africa” is an enabling framework for the effective access to and exchange of machine readable parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents such as legislation, debate record, judgments etc. AKOMA NTOSO aims standardize simple, technology-neutral representations of parliamentary documents (more information can be found on www.akomantoso.org
In order to promote the adoption and management of AKOMA NTOSO the Project will:
The Project will also support the development of Africa Parliamentary Topic Map to address the twin problems of finding information and sharing knowledge in the parliamentary domain. The aim is to develop a common and multilingual topic map that aims at enhancing the efficiency of searching for information across languages. The Topic Map will be building on the experience of Eurovoc - a multilingual thesaurus based on the European Parliament’s Eurovoc, thesaurus in use in more than 25 parliaments for more than 20 years.
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