Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open
Two decades ago, Congress began publishing some of its activities online, revolutionizing access to essential public information. The system was called THOMAS, after our third president. Managed by the Library of Congress, it aimed to serve as a central hub to find bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee reports, treaties and so on. States and municipalities followed suit, building out data sets that are essential to a large variety of applications and services.
While technology has changed a lot since the mid 1990s, the quality of data coming from Congress and other branches of government has not kept up.
Creating a more open and comprehensive system of public data -- not only from Congress, but throughout government -- would make a variety of powerful new applications possible.
Join us for a discussion of how better data can empower citizen activists and public interest groups to make government more accountable, and more responsive.
- Molly Schwartz, Associate Fellow, R Street Institute
- Rebecca Williams, Policy Analyst, Sunlight Foundation
- Molly Bohmer, Data Curator, Cato Institute
- Daniel Schuman, Policy Director, Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington
Molly Schwartz, Associate Fellow, R Street Institute
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