David A. Fahrenthold has published Congressional Data May Soon Be Easier to Use Online, Washington Post, June 8, 2012.
The article describes recent efforts to petition Congress to make U.S. federal legislative data — specifically the data underlying the THOMAS legislative information system — publicly available free of charge in bulk XML. Those efforts are popularly known as the freeTHOMAS movement (hashtag #freeTHOMAS).
For more information about freeTHOMAS, please see Schuman: Major Transparency Milestone in Bulk Access Statement; the new post by David Moore of Participatory Politics Foundation entitled Next Steps in #freeTHOMAS Campaign; and Open Congress’s THOMAS bulk data access wiki.
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