Documentation and information system for parliamentary processes

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The Documentation and Information System for Parliamentary Processes ( DIP ) is the joint information system of the German Bundestag and the German Bundesrat . Diverse and extensive research offers provide an overview of the entire parliamentary deliberations of both constitutional organs .


The German Bundestag and Bundesrat decided in 1972 to set up a joint documentation and information system for parliamentary processes (DIP). In order to bring it into line with the requirements of all parliaments, contact was also made with the 11 federal states at the time. In particular, the DIP model should determine how the legal materials should be designed, what should be documented and what results should be achieved with it. At the same time, the Parliament thesaurus Parthes was set up as an aid for this purpose , which is a structured collection of keywords and today contains around 18,000 terms.

The DIP model was finally introduced in 1978 for the entire Federal Republic of Germany and adopted there after the accession of the new federal states. Only the Bundestag and Bundesrat database is currently available for public use.


One reason for the introduction was the increasingly complex work processes and the associated desire to improve the overview within Parliament. At the same time, one of the main tasks of a parliamentary democracy, as a representative of the will of the people, is to be transparent for every citizen. The DIP would like to achieve this by providing evidence of the working basis and the results of parliamentary deliberations, which also includes draft laws, questions and reports within the House of Representatives.

The documentation supplies material

  • the activities of an MP, e.g. B. the contributions of a member of parliament,
  • the formal processes that relate to certain subject areas, e.g. B. on criminal law, and
  • the formal processes, e.g. B. the questions of a political group.

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