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House bill summaries now available in XML

House of Representatives bill summaries are now available in XML format for bulk data download through the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System, or  FDsys. While the bill summaries are prepared by the Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, the GPO will add them to FDsys' Bulk Data repository, says a Feb. 4  announcement.

Congress.gov to lose beta status this month

A congressional beta website for tracking legislation more than a year in the making will soon become the default source of bill data, the Library of Congress announced earlier this month.

Congress.gov expands, U.S. Code now available in XML

As Congress.gov closes in on the one year mark it still hasn't dropped the "beta" but it has added new functionality such as committee reports, standing committee information and a "search within results" feature. Committee report detail pages display single and multi-part reports with sidebars that include links to related reports and other bills referenced in the report,  writes  Andrew Weber, legislative information systems manager at the Law Library of Congress.

Task force requests more time to advance open legislative data

Congress should continue making XML and bulk access to legislative data a priority recommends the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force. In a task force report, dated Dec. 31, 2012 but only recently made public as part of the  Legislative Branch appropriations bill  (.pdf), the group requests authorization to continue overseeing congressional open data efforts.

Legislative data challenge hopes to advance access, international policies

The Library of Congress is challenging the public to help identify barriers to using open, legislative data formats in the hopes of increasing accessibility to the legislative record and creating opportunities for international standards. XML and Akoma Ntoso--an open framework used worldwide to annotate parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents--are at the heart of the data challenge.

Library of Congress grapples with problem of making Twitter archive accessible

Working with Twitter, the Library of Congress has created an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets organized by date, says an LOC  report  released this month. Now, the technological challenge is how to make the archive accessible to researchers and policymakers in a comprehensive and useful way.

THOMAS.gov reboots

The Library of Congress unveiled beta.congress.gov Sept. 19, in a much-anticipated website redesign that will eventually replace the 17-year-old THOMAS.gov website and the congressional legislative information system. The site's upgrades include improved search, URLs that are compatible with page titles, mobile-friendly design, easier identification of bill status, links to members' legislative history and biographical profiles, and the ability to share and save bill searches.

Transparency group decries legislative data bulk download prohibition

The Sunlight Foundation campaigns against draft House Appropriations Committee language that would indefinitely postpone public bulk downloads of legislative information in XML.

Transparency groups call for THOMAS bulk downloads

Transparency watchdogs, goo-goo groups and a few others say it's time the congressional legislation website known as THOMAS offer bulk downloads of its database so that others might do a better...

House appropriators encourage GPO privatization

The Government Printing Office is among several components facing major cuts under a legislative branch appropriations bill, H.R. 2551 (.pdf), which moved from the appropriations to Rules Committee