The crazy-smart folks at the Participatory Politics Foundation who do all the hard work at OpenCongress.org are ready to show off two new 'widgets.' One is for tracking bills and the second lets you track issues in Congress. The bill tracking widget allows you to display the status of any bill in the Congressional pipeline, as well as link to news and blog coverage of that bill.
The issue widget lets you select from one of more than 4,000 different issue areas, and display either the most recent bills or the most-viewed bills in that issue area for your community. We figure this ought to be pretty useful to folks who follow issues, rather than specific pieces of legislation.
I've been out here in California this week attending the second annual NetSquared Conference, a very stimulating presentation of 21 different projects that were selected by the community out of a 120 or so to be presented in front of an assembled group of 350. The end goal? Not only to win a share of a $100,000, but also exposure to a wealth of technical and business expertise that was assembled to help nurture and develop these web entrepreneurs.Continue reading
We are delighted to point you to OpenMass -- a new website that takes ourOpenCongress.org open source framework and applies it to Massachusetts legislation, legislators and news about issues in the state. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Forty-nine more states to go.
Update: Check out the Open Government movement in Pennsylvania at PassOpenRecords.org where a movement to push for new open records laws appears to be centered. This effort is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Join in the conversation.Continue reading