Hellenic OCR Team

Hellenic OCR team

Interdisciplinary science at its best – Be part of it!

On the eve of 2018 a new crowdsourcing platform came to life. The Hellenic Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Team represents the first scientific crowdsourcing initiative that aims exclusively at the processing and study of parliamentary data. Naturally, the application, handling and further development of OCR processes stand in the core of our endeavor.



Impressions from Wroxton


The 13th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians took place between the 29th and the 30th of July 2017 at the Wroxton College in Wroxton, Oxfordshire, UK. The 1st Workshop was held at the Berlin Science Centre in 1994. Its success led to it being a biennial event. A one-of-its-kind gathering of all relevant stakeholders around representative institutions. It is no coincidence that the workshop is sponsored, among others, by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which closely monitors all contributions and presentations.


Paper: «Implementing structured public access to the legal reports on bills and law proposals of the Scientific Service of the Hellenic Parliament»


My new article on «Implementing structured public access to the legal reports on bills and law proposals of the Scientific Service of the Hellenic Parliament» just went online (13 July 2017).


In an era of end-to-end digitalization in parliamentary institutions, open data and established printed and electronic publication formats for contemporary and future content, the old, non-digitized and potentially corroded content still poses a great challenge in terms of preservation and promoting efficient usage.


Paper: «Implementing Digital Parliament Innovative Concepts for Citizens and Policy Makers»

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My conference paper on «Implementing Digital Parliament Innovative Concepts for Citizens and Policy Makers» went first online on 13 May 2017.

The organizational stability of Parliaments comes in direct contradiction with rapid progress in digital technology in recent decades, particularly in the ICT domain.


Visiting the European Parliament Reseach Service


An official visit of the Hellenic Parliament Research Service to the European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) took place on 28-29 June 2017. I was very fortunate to be part of this historic mission, as it represented the first official visit of our service to a foreign parliament in 30 years! (περισσότερα…)

My new paper on parliamentary control


My new paper on Parliamentary Democracy examines parliamentary control in the Hellenic Parliament and the National Assembly of Serbia. The paper is titled «Parliamentary Control of Governmental Actions on the Interaction with European Organs in the Hellenic Parliament and the National Assembly of Serbia» and appears in the Online Papers on Parliamentary Democracy V/2016. It can be found on the PADEMIA website.


Τελετή ολοκλήρωσης του Προγράμματος Twinning

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Η καταληκτική εκδήλωση του προγράμματος Twinning μεταξύ της Βουλής των Ελλήνων και της Εθνοσυνέλευσης της Σερβίας έλαβε χώρα στο Βελιγράδι την Πέμπτη, 23 Οκτωβρίου 2014. Την εκδήλωση τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους οι Πρόεδροι των δυο Κοινοβουλίων, κ. Ευάγγελος Μεϊμαράκης και κα. Maja Gojkovic, οι Γενικοί Γραμματείς κ. Αθανάσιος Παπαϊωάννου και κα. Jana Ljubicic και ο αναπληρωτής επικεφαλής της Ευρωπαϊκής Αντιπροσωπείας στη Σερβία κ. Oskar Benedikt. Τους συντελεστές του Προγράμματος στο επίσημο μέρος της εκδήλωσης εκπροσώπησε ο Δρ. Φώτης Φυτσιλής, σύμβουλος του έργου στη Σερβία.


EU Twinning Project Event on «Parliamentary transparency“


29th September 2014

The event on “Parliamentary transparency” took place on 29 September 2014 at the House of the National Assembly. It was part of the European Union (EU) Twinning project “Strengthening Capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the EU Integration Process”. The Twinning project is financed by the European Commission with 1.5 million euro.


Zwillinge in Belgrad

EU Serbia

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Dr. Fotis Fitsilis unterstützt das Serbische Parlament auf dem Weg in die EU

Während Fotis Fitsilis in den 90er Jahren als junger griechischer Student noch Elektrotechnik an der RWTH studierte, tobten in Serbien und den angrenzenden Ländern und Gebieten wie Kroatien, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnien und Herzegowina die sogenannten Jugoslawienkriege. Heute ist Serbien in seiner Staatsform eine
Parlamentarische Demokratie und auf dem Weg in die Europäische Union (EU).


EU Twinning Project Seminar on Parliamentary Broadcasting

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The seminar on “Parliamentary Broadcasting”, part of the EU Twinning project “Strengthening the capacities of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the European integration process”, was held on 18th June 2014 as part of the project component aimed to increase transparency of Parliament’s work and the participation of the civil society in tits activities.