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European Parliament Releasing EU Election Results in Open Data Format

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, May 19 2014

2009 European Election Results

The European Parliament will be releasing result information from this upcoming weekend's EU parliamentary elections in open data format, it announced in a press release at the end of last week.

Among the raw data it is making available to the media and the general public will be EU-wide and national election results for both 2009 and 2014, turn-out information, seats by political group and member states and the number of male and female MEPs. The names of the political groups will be available in all of the EU's 24 official languages.

"The service gives news platforms the possibility to use self-defined filters and present the data in whatever way and design they want to, for example to generate graphs and illustrations," the statement notes, adding that news sites will be able to "publish [the data] directly on their online platforms within seconds."

The basic 2009 and 2014 data will be available in the form of an embeddable widget, while the more detailed information will be available in XML format.

The first European-level data will be available starting at around 10 PM Central European Time on Sunday, May 25, and national level data available starting at 11 PM Central European Time.

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