The Library of Congress announced today that it is holding an open competition, called a “legislative data challenge,” in which participants are invited to mark up U.S. congressional bills using the Akoma Ntoso metadata specification.
The announcement came in a post by Tina Gheen, Library of Congress Announces First Legislative Data Challenge.
The winner of the competition receives a price of USD $5,000 cash.
Here is a summary of the competition from the challenge Website:
The Library of Congress is sponsoring a set of legislative data challenges to advance the development of international data exchange standards for legislative data. These challenges are an initiative to encourage broad participation in the development and application of legislative data standards and to engage new communities in the use of legislative data. Goals of this initiative include:
- Enabling wider accessibility and more efficient exchange of the legislative data of the United States Congress,
- Encouraging the development of open standards that facilitate better integration, analysis, and interpretation of legislative data,
- Fostering the use of open source licensing for implementing legislative data standard.
The Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso Challenge invites competitors to create representations of selected US bills using the most recent Akoma Ntoso standard. This work will help identify gaps in the Akoma Ntoso framework or US bill text where data cannot be incorporated properly within the existing standard, and propose new domain specific metadata elements or possibly other solutions to overcome these challenges. [...]
The judges of the competition are Kirsten Gullickson of the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives; and Professor Dr. Monica Palmirani and Professor Dr. Fabio Vitali, both of the University of Bologna and both co-developers of Akoma Ntoso.
To register of for more details, please see the blogpost or the competition’s Website.