Freeing the DC Code: An Update

There have been several developments in recent weeks in the effort to make the District of Columbia statutory code freely available.

The project began in February 2013 when Tom MacWright posted You Cannot Have the DC Code, complaining that no free and open version of the DC Code was available for developers or the public to use.

Discussion then occurred regarding how to make the DC Code publicly available online in a version that was free of copyright.

In March 2013, Public.Resource.Org posted a digital version of the DC Code.

Last week, the DC Council said that they would not sue Public.Resource.Org for copyright infringement for posting a digital version of the code.

This week, the DC Council posted an unofficial digital version of the DC Code, licensed with the Creative Commons CC0 license.

This week it was announced that a hackathon to hack the DC Code will be held on 14 April 2013: Open DC Code Hackathon, in Washington, DC.

Click here for archived Twitter tweets from the Open DC Hackathon 2013, in .cvs format.

The Twitter hashtag for the Open DC Code Hackathon 2013 was #openlawdc

IRC discussion during the Open DC Code Hackathon 2013 occurred on Freenode under #openlawdc

Among the notable aspects of this project are that it demonstrates how members of the legal informatics and open-government-data communities can use the Internet to coordinate their efforts to make legal data publicly available, address challenging policy issues, and realize several of the principles of the open government data movement.

Here are selected articles and posts about the effort to make the DC Code publicly available on the Web and free of copyright restrictions:

For additional news about development of the Open DC Code, please see the comments to this post.

Thanks to Eric Mill and the members of the Legal Informatics Research Network for helping to gather the sources cited in this post.

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5 Responses to Freeing the DC Code: An Update

  1. Eric Mill of the Sunlight Foundation tells us that Tom MacWright has created the openlawdc repository on GitHub https://github.com/openlawdc containing code for use in hacking the DC Code.

    The code will be used at the Open DC Code Hackathon, being held 14 April 2013 in Washington, DC: http://dccode.eventbrite.com/

    Interesting discussions of this topic appear in the repository here https://github.com/openlawdc/dc-decoded/issues and here https://github.com/openlawdc/code-browser/issues

    Thanks, Eric!

  2. .@waldojaquith tells us that the results of today’s Open DC Code Hackathon are now available at the openlawdc repository on GitHub: https://github.com/openlawdc

    HT @waldojaquith https://twitter.com/waldojaquith/status/323541371900289024

  3. The Twitter hashtag for today’s Open DC Code Hackathon was #openlawdc https://twitter.com/search?q=%23openlawdc

    There was also discussion of the hackathon on IRC on Freenode under #openlawdc

    HT @konklone https://twitter.com/konklone/status/323479007586811904

  4. archived tweets from today’s Open DC Code Hackathon are available in .csv format. #openlawdc http://personal.psu.edu/rcr5122/openlawdcTweets4-14-2013.csv

  5. The Open DC Code browser is now available at http://dccode.org/code-browser/

    Code for it is at https://github.com/openlawdc/code-browser

    Tom MacWright is pointing to this section http://dccode.org/code-browser/#/5/5-101.03 as an example of improvements made to the browser today by developers who include our friends @konklone & @MrChadRobinson

    HT https://twitter.com/tmcw/status/323564809385828352

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