Posts Tagged: Open government data

Federal Data Finally Gets Its Time in the Sunlight

What might be the largest index of government data in the world is about to come to light. How did this radical big data reveal come about? Back in May 2013, President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order to make government data more accessible to citizens, companies, and entrepreneurs. The order required agencies to create indexes of the datasets theyRead… Read more » Wins UK Public Sector Digital Award, the UK’s official free and open online legislative service, has won the UK Public Sector Digital Award for “Best example of ICT-enabled innovation and enterprise,” according to a 20 January 2012 announcement on The National Archives Website. Please join me in congratulating John Sheridan, creator and administrator of, and a member of ourRead… Read more »

“A Tapestry of Data”: Open Legislation with The State Decoded

The State Decoded is a proposed open government data platform — currently in development — aimed at providing free online access in interoperable formats to U.S. state codes, and, where possible, at connecting such codes to pending legislation and court decisions. On June 22, a Knight News Challenge grant was awarded for The State DecodedRead… Read more »

Schultze on PACER, RECAP, and the Movement to Free American Case Law

Stephen Schultze of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy has posted PACER, RECAP, and the Movement to Free American Case Law, on the VoxPopuLII Blog, published by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School. In this post, Mr. Schultze describes the origins of RECAP, an innovative project to publicly disseminate U.S. federal courtRead… Read more » Receives Substantial Grant

Google, Inc. has provided a grant of $2 million to Public.Resource.Org to fund the legal open government data project. The grant is given as part of Google’s Project 10^100. Click here for Carl Malamud’s announcement of the grant. Click here for more information about

Wash Honored by Washington Post & Partnership for Public Service

Mike Wash, CIO of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), has been honored as “Federal Player of the Week” by The Washington Post and The Partnership for Public Service, with a profile story in The Washington Post. The article focuses on Mr. Wash’s innovative development of GPO’s FDsys content management system, and his commitment toRead… Read more »

Schuman on Money in State Judicial Elections

Daniel Schuman of The Sunlight Foundation — and a member of our community — has posted Money in State Judicial Elections, on The Sunlight Foundation Blog. Mr. Schuman’s post discusses two new information resources that make interesting use of law-related data: The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change, a new report byRead… Read more »

Sheridan on

John Sheridan, Head of e-Services and Strategy at The [UK] National Archives — and a member of our community — has posted, on the VoxPopuLII Blog, published by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School. In his post, Mr. Sheridan describes the origins and functionality of, the innovative new official legislativeRead… Read more »

The New Legislation as Open Linked Data

John L. Sheridan of the UK National Archives and his team have released, which presents UK legislation as Linked Data, and provides free public access — including bulk access via RESTful API — to UK legislation and legislative metadata in a range of formats, including XML. includes both statutes and statutory instruments. ClickRead… Read more »