Open legal data was the focus of the Open Government Chicago Meetup held 14 November 2013, entitled Process and Products Around the Chicago Municipal Code.
At this event, Carl Malamud gave a talk entitled The Virtuous Pipeline of Code, which many are discussing.
Here are excerpts from the announcement:
November’s meetup centers on the code by which our city functions. Speakers are as follows:
- Susana Mendoza, City Clerk of the City of Chicago, will talk about her office’s key role in the complex task of maintaining the Municipal Code and their efforts to modernize the process of keeping it current
- A representative from American Legal Publishing Corporation will talk about the process of codification, where they do the hard work of making sure the actual proceedings of City Council are recorded into the journals and injected into the Municipal Code
- Carl Malamud, President and Founder of Public.Resource.Org, will talk about his work to get all the quarterly releases of these codes back to 2008 and publish them here
- Waldo Jaquith, an Open Government Technologist who is leading an effort to test the Open Data Institute model for open data standards in the United States
- Seamus Kraft, Executive Director of the OpenGov Foundation, will talk about the Chicago Decoded website they created using [Waldo's The State Decoded platform, and] existing Municipal Code PDFs from the City. He’ll also cover their plans for the product to make our existing laws more searchable, and linkable, and sharable
- Brett Goldstein will talk about the new Master’s Degree Program Merges Public Policy and Computer Science
- David Moore of the Participatory Politics Foundation will demo AskThem. [...]
For more details, please see the complete announcement.