Category: democracy

Congress releases open data on bill status

Imagine searching Facebook, Google or Twitter for the status of a bill before Congress and getting an instant result. That future is now here, but it’s not evenly implemented yet. When the Library of Congress launched Congress.gov in 2012, they

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Hidden data in parliamentary documents

This post was written by Khairil Yusof and originally appeared on the Sinar Project blog here.  The Malaysian government may not make some data easily available, but it can still be found and extracted from parliamentary proceedings. In constrained environments

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Bridging Differences in Open Data: Coming up with standards at Open North

By Drew Bush In case you missed either report, over the last year Open North has quietly put out an inventory of open data globally and, in a separate report, recommended baseline international standa…

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Interview: Alon Peled on open data, incentives, and ‘Traversing Digital Babel’

Governments across the world have attempted to improve their capacity for open data, with the UK improving its efforts since the turn of the decade markedly. Last year, Sean Kippin interviewed Alon Peled, an academic and computer software expert who

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Open Election Data Pays Off in Uganda

We here at the Open Election Data Initiative noticed yesterday that the Election Commission of Uganda made voter registration information available for free at a granular level. Naturally, we were excited to see those two open data principles at work.

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Introducing Elex, a Tool to Make Election Coverage Better for Everyone

By Jeremy Bowers, David Eads It could be a new day, for your election data. (Kheel Center) “End the elections arms race” has become a rallying cry in American data journalism. Many newsrooms spend tremendous resources writing code to simply

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