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Entries from November 2007

US Chamber of Commerce, Internet Advocacy

November 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I had the pleasure this morning of speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for a panel on Innovative Advocacy (cohosted by Adfero).
While much of the discussion centered on best practices and ideas around (what seemed to me to be) more traditional advocacy, I tried to add some of my thoughts on what might make [...]

Tags: CRS reports · Congress · OpenHouse · advocacy · government websites

Large Update

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments

The following is an update of what I’ve been up to recently, in several different areas…
Transcript Pledge and Letter:
Even if the leadership in both parties make a priority of publicizing committee proceedings, the committee chairs in their variable discretion (as we called it in the report) still need to make it a sufficient priority for [...]

Tags: CONAN · Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · Structured Data · corruption · openhouseproject · semantic web

Sitemap Protocol

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Google has been working with federal agencies to help them ensure that their data are accessible through search engines. Many government databases providing critical information or statistics have existed for much longer than the current standards for public Internet accessibility, so the disconnect between search engines and public databases is understandable.
There is a clear [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · executive · google · government websites · openhouseproject · sitemaps

Openhouseproject Tag

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Rob suggested that the tag “openhouseproject” is well suited for community
tagging; no tags from other projects appear to be showing up there. Let’s
start using openhouseproject as a tag for relevant webpages.
Adopting a standardized tag would add another collaborative tier of
information to what we’re doing. Maintaining a collection of relevant links
accessible to the community [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · delicious · openhouseproject · tagging

World Data Visualization

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Broad access to fundamental data leads to compelling analysis. Here’s a TED talk from Hans Rosling, where he gives a tour of the recent history of countries becoming industrialized, using visualizations built on data from the UN.

The history of representative democracy and government is waiting to be similarly told; here’s a broad collection of [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · TED · data visualization · government websites · visualizations

Testing PDF embedding

November 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

I’m writing this post to test out Adobe’s new PDF embedding and sharing service.

If this works, that should be a CRS report about legal privileges and restraints on the press.

Tags: OpenHouse

Debate Time Follow-up: The CNN debate

November 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Apparently there was another Democratic debate last night. Based on the transcript analysis by the New York Times and the latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll numbers, I’ve run the numbers again. Last debate, as I blogged, I found that the amount of speaking time of each candidate was ridiculously closely correlated with their latest poll [...]

Tags: OpenHouse

Encouraging Access to Committees

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

To encourage Congress to grant access to committee hearings, we’ve prepared this letter.
I’m hoping that we can demonstrate some enthusiasm for what happens in committee hearings, since they’re so essential to the legislative process, literally determining the content of our laws and the extent of Congress’s oversight. To that end, I’ve also prepared a brief [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · committees · transcripts

OHP Update

November 15th, 2007 · No Comments

(pasted in from the google group, which has been especially active…)
After returning earlier this week from a trip to London to meet with mysociety.org, I’m starting to catch up on everything we’ve been up to.
Whips and Structured Data: For one, I’ve reached out to leadership on both sides to hopefully start a discussion about [...]

Tags: Congress · Member Web Sites · OpenHouse · archivist · committees · government websites · govtrack

Better late than never: GPO responds to my question 1 year later

November 14th, 2007 · 4 Comments

On November 19, 2006, I inquired with the GPO regarding how they decided on charging the public $8,000 for documents they produce in their normal course of printing bills. These documents are not for the end-user, but would be useful for sites like GovTrack. The U.S. Code requires most GPO documents be sold to the [...]

Tags: OpenHouse