I wanted to draw attention to a new survey being run by The [UK] National Archives about the Crown Legislation Markup Language (CLML), the XML encoding used for all legislation on legislation.gov.uk, and to ask everyone for your help.
If you are are familiar with XML and legislation (not just CLML!), then please do take our survey, as we would really like your input and insights: http://surveyanalytics.com/t/AFNKsZNwQi
The survey asks questions about several different aspects of CLML, including the form of the schema language, options for extensibility and so on. You don’t need to have used CLML, or even to have seen it before, in order to be able to provide some useful input to the survey.
By way of background, the Crown Legislation Mark-up Language (CLML) is used to represent UK legislation in XML. It’s the base format for all legislation published on the legislation.gov.uk website. We make both the schema and all our data freely available for anyone to use, or re-use, under the UK government’s Open Government Licence. CLML is currently expressed as a W3C XML Schema which is owned and maintained by The National Archives. A version of the schema can be accessed online at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/schema/legislation.xsd . Legislation as CLML XML can be accessed from the website using the legislation.gov.uk API. Simply add “/data.xml” to any legislation content page, e.g. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/1/data.xml .
We are looking for as wide a range of input as possible, from people who use or would be interested in using CLML, as well as those in the community who have experience in developing and maintaining complex XML schemas especially relating to legislation.
Once again, the survey is here: http://surveyanalytics.com/t/AFNKsZNwQi and we would really welcome and value this community’s input.
Many thanks in advance for sharing your insights and for your support.
Thanks to John Sheridan for allowing me to post this information.
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