The Conundrum of Legacy Data: Enhancing Historical Legislative Archives with AI
Written on September, 2023
In the rapidly evolving sphere of artificial intelligence (AI), one of the most compelling applications lies in the domain of legislative archives. These repositories, often dating back several centuries, present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for AI-driven initiatives. While AI technologies offer unprecedented capabilities for data extraction, interpretation, and contextualisation, the particularities of historical legislative documents—ranging from their format and linguistic characteristics to the intricate interplay of content and context—pose significant obstacles. This essay delves into the challenges and potential solutions related to data quality, manual expertise, and the expected benefits of committing to AI-enabled archival processes.