Posts Tagged ‘Scout’
Eric Mill of the Sunlight Foundation has posted the text of his presentation on tracking government information and open legal data, given 26 April 2013 at the AzALL Congressional Information Symposium, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Here is the introduction to the presentation:
I recently got a chance to go speak to a group of Arizona law librarians about legal informatics [...]
They found me because of Scout, and asked me to talk about tracking government information. I decided to start with Scout as an example, to zoom out to similar projects [GovTrack and CourtListener] , and then to describe the conditions necessary to make projects like ours possible. Because the audience was law librarians, a sympathetic crowd inside an unsympathetic area of government, I emphasized the necessity of absolutely free access to data as a fundamental requirement and right. [...]
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In this post, Mr. Mill describes Scout, a system for creating online notifications for U.S. federal and state legislation and U.S. federal regulations.
Here is a description of Scout’s features:
[...] Notifications via email, SMS, RSS, and JSON. [...]We also maintain feeds for any of your alerts so that you can plug them into whatever tools you already use to keep up to date on things.
Searching for keywords and phrases in bills, speeches, and regulations. When you search for a keyword on Scout, it searches through years of text from bills in Congress and the states, speeches given on the floor of Congress, and federal regulations from the entire executive branch. If you narrow your search to a specific set of information, you can add filters. [...]
Detailed activity on specific bills. If you find a particularly interesting bill (for example, the DATA Act), you can follow it to get a notification when it’s about to hit the floor, and when anything new happens to it. We also can notify you about any activity or votes on state bills. [...]
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