Jim Harper, Esq., of the Cato Institute tells us of this interesting event:
Wikipedia and Legislative Data Workshop, 14-15 March, Washington, DC.
Interested in the bills making their way through Congress?
Think they should be covered well in Wikipedia?
Well, let’s do something about it!
On Thursday and Friday, March 14th and 15th, we are hosting a conference here at the Cato Institute to explore ways of using legislative data to enhance Wikipedia.
Our project to produce enhanced XML markup of federal legislation is well under way [see examples of the XML markup at DeepBills (here and here)], and we hope to use this data to make more information available to the public about how bills affect existing law, federal agencies, and spending, for example.
What better way to spread knowledge about federal public policy than by supporting the growth of Wikipedia content?
Thursday’s session is for all comers. Starting at 2:30 p.m., we will familiarize ourselves with Wikipedia editing and policy, and at 5:30 p.m. we’ll have a Sunshine Week reception. (You don’t need to attend in the afternoon to come to the reception. Register now!)
On Friday, we’ll convene experts in government transparency, in Wikipedia editorial processes and decisions, and in MediaWiki technology to think things through and plot a course.
Do you have relevant interests and experience? Please apply! Applications for participation in the Friday session are due Friday, March 1. [...]
For more information or to register, please see the announcement.