Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack has written a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to “publish structured data for the House’s legislative data”, according to his new blog post describing the letter.
Here is an excerpt:
[…] I urge [the House leadership] to direct the Library of Congress to publish structured data for the House’s legislative data as soon as possible. Specifically, this means publishing the House half of the Library’s “bill summary and status” database as structured data, such as in XML. This database lists bills introduced in Congress, titles, sponsors, actions, and similar information.
Structured data is the fiscally responsible way to achieve legislative transparency. It is cheaper than website development (like Congress.gov) and reaches a wider audience by leveraging the private sector — including journalists and businesses — to keep the public informed. […]