I am collecting conference speeches of Dutch and Danish political parties. At most conferences one or more of the central politicians in the party gives a speech. These speeches contain interesting information about the party’s (new) position and the issues it finds important. Sometimes, the speakers also convey some strategic information (e.g. about who they would like to cooperate with in a coalition, and more often: who not).
Currently about 500 speeches have been collected and are now being transformed into a machine-readable format. The Dutch speeches will become available digitally.
The data collection is part of the Party Congress Research Group – a group of researchers collecting similar data in different countries. Send an email for more info.