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255Re: [govtrack] Two Project Ideas

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  • Scott Willeke
    Nov 7, 2006
      Regarding Project 1:
      Can you recommend an example or two with PDFs that could be compared.
      How do you envision the difference in the output being shown? Maybe it
      could create a report with details about each addition and removal.
      Alternatively, a completely new PDF document with highlighted areas or
      annotations could be shown (e.g. something like MS Word's diff
      annotations). I'm not sure if I'll have the time to take on the project
      but with a little more information I can give it a try. In any case I
      think the information will be useful to anyone considering the project
      and I think such a tool will be invaluable.

      Joshua Tauberer / GovTrack.us wrote:
      > In case anyone on the list is bored and wants to work on a project that
      > would be really useful, I want to extract two ideas out of the current
      > read-the-bill thread. (And since GovTrack has a moderate surplus at the
      > moment, I could potentially fund one.)
      > Project 1 - Version Tracking Bills
      > Given two PDF versions of a bill (such as the bill as it was introduced
      > and then as it was after being reported by a committee, or in the case
      > in the other thread, as it was after being passed by the Senate and then
      > again after it was following the conference committee), what are the
      > additions, removals, and changes that were made?
      > The idea is to have the effect of combining the Linux tools pdftotext
      > and diff, but better. Or, to tweak that process so that the output is
      > actually useful for a regular citizen.
      > Project 2 - Collecting Advocacy Positions
      > I want to display on GovTrack the positions of advocacy
      > groups/individuals on particular bills. What I need is a way for
      > independent organizations/individuals to enter their positions on
      > bills/amendments/votes (support/oppose/ambivalent + comment), or to
      > import their positions from e.g. blog entries, so that they end up in a
      > common data format to be displayed on GovTrack (and any other site that
      > wants to display it). This would entail creating a small website.
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