Democracy and participation

The Internet Politician Data Base (IPDB)


Who is behind this?

Jose Maria Garcia



Who is joining forces?

Konstanz University


ETH University


Kuorum Social SL


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

IPDB is a project to build the world’s largest dataset with up-to-date information about elected politicians and candidates.The IPDB project will follow the principles of a wiki. Volunteer editors will be able to add new information to the politician profiles, always under the supervision of academic partners to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data.

Why does Europe need your idea?

There is a growing concern of citizens around the world about the transparency and accountability of their representatives.
The IPDB project will cover the need of citizens for standardised sources of information about their representatives

What is your impact?

We aim to build a dataset including up-to-date, standarized and comparable information about all politicians in the EU. IPDB will use open data, becoming the preferred platform for journalists and academics when looking for information about certain

How do you get there?

The politician profiles of the current dataset were built collecting data from several open sources, like transparency organizations and institutional websites. They include a short bio, institutional activity, professional and academic track records and contact details.
In the future, this information will be enriched with the help of a global team of volunteers supervised by our academic partners - involving so far professors of Harvard, the London School of Economics, the ETH
Zurich and the Konstanz University. All this data will be recorded and made available for anyone to download it in csv format, to be reused or redistributed.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

This information will be available for any citizen. Additionally, journalists or political scientists, for instance, might want to download the data to create new visual representations showing how the interests of a particular politician changed over the time.

What makes your idea stand apart?

IPDB will provide standarized profiles to any political actor in Europe. Current dataset are not structured neither consistent. Our academic partners will ensure the standarisation of the data collection process. Additionally, political data at local level is not usually available, therefore, the wiki structure build with volunteers will ensure the quality and accuracy of the information.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 55000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Personnel costs (35k€) Marketing and disemination costs (9k€) User Experience subcontracting (5k€) Travel costs (5k€)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Would you like to join the project? What information would you show in the IPDB?



Idea created on March 3, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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