Tag Archives: Public access to legislative information

Schwartz: Public Access vs. Open Access regarding legislative data

Molly Schwartz has posted Public Access vs. Open Access, at the Congressional Data Coalition Blog. Here are excerpts from the post: “Doesn’t Congress already make its information publicly accessible?” That’s the question I hear most frequently when I tell people … Continue reading

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Panel on Lawmaking in the Open, 4 April 2014, Washington, DC

A panel entitled Lawmaking in the Open is scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, 4 April 2014. The event is hosted by the Congressional Data Coalition and sponsored by the R Street Institute and CREW. Here is a description … Continue reading

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Congressional Data Coalition

The Congressional Data Coalition is a new organization advocating for greater public access to U.S. federal legislative information. The group’s Website is at: http://congressionaldata.org/ The group has a Twitter account at @congressdata The group’s blog is at: http://congressionaldata.org/learn-more/blog/ Here is … Continue reading

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Cattell: Project to create an open API for the British Parliament: #ParliamentAPI

James Cattell and a group of colleagues are developing an open API (application programming interface) for the British Parliament. James’s Twitter list of people working on the project is at https://twitter.com/jaCattell/parliamentapi/members A discussion board for the project is at feedback.public-scrutiny-office.org; … Continue reading

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Cormacain on Online Access to UK Legislation

Ronan Cormacain of the University of London has published Accessing Legislation: 40 Years Post-Renton: Have the Renton Committee’s recommendations on electronic access to legislation been fulfilled? Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 19(3) (2013). Here is the abstract: Access to … Continue reading

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CFPB eRegulations Platform

The eRegulations platform developed by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is available on GitHub Pages. CFPB eRegulations has several components, including a parser, an API, and a public user interface. Click here for the public-facing version of the platform. … Continue reading

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Sunlight Foundation Acquires OpenCongress

The Sunlight Foundation announced on 29 October 2013 that it had acquired OpenCongress, the free-access-to-law and eparticipation service, from the Participatory Politics Foundation. Tom Lee of the Sunlight Foundation says that the principal Sunlight Foundation personnel working on OpenCongress are … Continue reading

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Mill, Tauberer, and Willis: New site for The unitedstates Project

Eric Mill, Joshua Tauberer, and Derek Willis announced last week a new site for The unitedstates Project: http://theunitedstates.io/ The site covers: congress-legislators: Detailed data on members of Congress, past and present. congress: Scrapers and parsers for the work of Congress, … Continue reading

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Vergottini: The U.S. Code in Akoma Ntoso XML

Grant Vergottini of Xcential Group has posted The U.S. Code in Akoma Ntoso, at Legix.info. Here are excerpts from the post: [...] I wanted to share something I’ve been working on. It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone … Continue reading

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