Google has announced its support for Congress’s providing free public access in bulk XML to U.S. federal legislative data, in a new post by Seth Webb, Google’s Senior Policy Manager, entitled In Support of Legislative Transparency, on the Google Public Policy Blog.
Mr. Webb writes:
We believe the ability to download bulk legislative data in formats like XML on a regular basis provides tremendous benefits. Website and app developers can use such data to provide up-to-date information on bills. Researchers can use it to perform studies. And politically-curious citizens can use it to follow legislation moving its way through Congress. [...] We applaud Congress for the work that it’s done to promote openness and look forward to a future of increased legislative transparency.
For more information, please see the complete post.
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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