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Legislative Data and Transparency Conference 2016

The Congressional Committee on House Administration just finished up the 2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. It was 8 hours chock full of good discussions and panelists from government and the open data community discussing bulk data, open source software, etc. Here’s the agenda for the day, helpful collaborative live notes by my pal Daniel Schuman and others and a lively #LDTC16 twitter feed with lots of back channel discussions and links. A few highlights for me were Josh Tauberer‘s “Mr Smith goes to open source Washington” presentation, the “Consuming the law” panel — which included Scott Matheson, the current chair of the Depository Library Council — and the “Future of Publishing Legislative Data and Documents” where GPO’s Lisa LaPlant had some good food for thought about the future of publishing legislative data and documents.

Watch the entire day as it was live-streamed!

The 2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference (#LDTC16), hosted by the Committee on House Administration, will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium.

The #LDTC16 brings individuals from Legislative Branch agencies together with data users and transparency advocates to foster a conversation about the use of legislative data – addressing how agencies use technology well and how they can use it better in the future.

via Legislative Data and Transparency Conference 2016 | Committee on House Administration.

Video for Legislative Data and Transparency Conference now online!

On February 2, 2012 the House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, chaired by Dan Lungren, convened a full-day conference entitled Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. Check it out. looks like a great list of experts. It’s great that the House is talking about public data, XML standards and easy public access to the legislative process. I haven’t watched all the video, but I hope they also talk about *preservation* of the legislative process as well.


The Committee on House Administration held a Legislative Data and Transparency Conference on February 2, 2012, from 9AM to 6PM in Cannon Caucus Room, 345 Cannon HOB.

Conference Agenda

Remarks from Representative Daniel E. Lungren [Video]
Chairman, Committee on House Administration

Panel 1: Legislative Branch Initiatives [Video]
Legislative Branch Agencies that create information
Kirsten Gullickson, The Office of the Clerk
Panelists:
Bob Reeves, Office of the Clerk
Sandra Strokoff, House Office of Legislative Counsel
Hugh Halpern, House Rules Committee

Panel 2: Legislative Branch Initiatives [Video]
Legislative Branch Agencies that disseminate information
Panelists:
Ralph Seep, Law Revision Counsel
Robert Gee, Library of Congress
Ric Davis, Government Printing Office

Panel 3: What is data and what is available? [Video]
The impact and understandability of current data use
Moderator:
Jeff Griffith, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
Panelists:
Josh Tauberer, GovTrack
Eric Mill, Sunlight Foundation
Derek Willis, New York Times

Panel 4: Extending XML and Metadata Standards [Video]
Moderator:
Anne Washington, George Mason University
Panelists:
Sandra Strokoff, House Office of Legislative Counsel
Ralph Seep, Law Revision Counsel
Tom Bruce, Cornell Legal Institute
Cindy Leach, Office of the Clerk

Panel 5: Integrating Video and Metadata [Video]
Moderator:
Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk
Panelists:
Tab Butler, Major League Baseball Network
Javier Muniz, Granicus
Daniel Bennett, e-Citizen Foundation

Panel 6: Defining Transparency Success Measures [Video]
Knowing how far we’ve come…
Moderators:
Matt Lira, Office of the Majority Leader
Steve Dwyer, Office of the Minority Whip
Panelists:
Daniel Schuman, Sunlight Foundation
Maurice McTigue, Mercatus Center
Jim Harper, The Cato Institute

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