Agenda for House’s Legislative Data & Transparency Conference


This Wednesday, the House of Representatives is holding its second annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. (RSVP here.) The conference provides an opportunity for legislative staff, policy advocates, and the general public to have a wide ranging conversation about how congressional information is made available to the public, and how public access can be improved.

The conference represents a real effort by the House of Representatives to engage the public with its efforts to become a more open and transparent institution.

The conference will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium from 9-5. That evening, a number of organizations, including the Sunlight Foundation, will host a happy hour from 5:30-7:30. (RSVP here.)

The conference’s agenda is now online. It is reproduced below:

8:30 — Registration

9:00 — Conference Welcome

9:15 — Legislative Process Overview: Bill Preparation Process and Incorporation into U.S. Code

9:45 — Legislative Branch Update: Bulk Data, Electronic Access to Legislative Information, LOC & GPO Digitization, Technical Developments

10:45 — Morning Networking Break

11:15 — Official Tools Demo: Operation of Committee Repository (, Searchable Committee Roll Call Votes, Party Intranet

12:15 — Lunch Break

1:30 — International Update: 2012 XML Usage Data, International Data Standards, 21st Century Innovations

2:00 — Electronic Legislative Archiving: Lessons on Archiving, Capabilities of GPO’s FDsys, Strategies for Permanent Public Access

2:40 — Afternoon Networking Break

3:10 — Improving Access to XML: Extending and Normalizing XML

3:50 — Under-Digitized Legislative Data: Increasing Publication of Digital Legislative Data to Maximize Usability

4:30 — Conference Wrap Up