Baltimore Decoded launched

Baltimore Decoded — a free and open version of the municipal code and charter for the U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland — has been launched in public beta by the OpenGov Foundation.

Baltimore Decoded runs on Waldo Jaquith’s The State Decoded platform.

Here are excerpts from the Baltimore Decoded “About” page:

Baltimore Decoded is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan implementation of The State Decoded brought to you by the folks at the OpenGov Foundation. The State Decoded is a free, open source project that provides a platform to display state-level legal information in a friendly, accessible, modern fashion. Baltimore is the first city to deploy the software, with more coming soon. […]

Baltimore Decoded is currently in public beta, which is to say that the site is under active development, with known shortcomings, but it has reached a point where it would benefit from being used by the general public (who one hopes will likewise benefit from it.) While every effort is made to ensure that the data provided on Baltimore Decoded is accurate and up-to-date, it would be gravely unwise to rely on it for any matter of importance while it is in this beta testing phase.

Many more features are under development, including calculations of the importance of given laws, inclusion of attorney generals’ opinions, Supreme Court of Baltimore rulings, extensive explanatory text, social media integration, significant navigation enhancements, a vastly expanded built-in glossary of legal terms, scholarly article citations, and much more. […]

The information that makes up Baltimore Decoded comes entirely from public sources. All of the sections of the code are straight from the Baltimore Department of Legislative Services, who provided XML of the Code. […]. Term definitions, where included, are from within the […] code itself. Throughout the site, links are provided to original data sources, whenever possible. Click here to visit the Baltimore Legislative Services Department presentation of the Baltimore Code. […]

The site has a RESTful, JSON-based API. Register for an API key and read the documentation for details. […]

Hosted on CentOS, driven by Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Hosting by Rackspace. Search by Solr. Comments by Disqus […]

For more details, please see the complete “About” page.

HT @FoundOpenGov

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