A good overview of the need for open availability of government information and the current status of making Thomas more open:
- Lawmakers Favor Outside Access To Legislative Data, by Aliya Sternstein, National Journal’s Technology Daily, January 23, 2008 PM edition [subscription required] [The article is available without a subcription here and here ]
The legislative process could become a lot more exciting if lawmakers get their way in freeing the data inside the Library of Congress’ legislative Internet database so that independent Web sites can repackage the information….
The data is important because no single view into the workings of Congress is best for everyone…
But the change likely would affect paid-subscription sites that charge for legislative updates. Their "business model will need to evolve to compete with citizen technologists," Sunlight Foundation Program Director John Wonderlich said.
There also may be resistance from congressional administrators, who "are often wary of taking on new departmental responsibilities if they are not accompanied by statutory justification or appropriations," Wonderlich said.
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