- Josh said:
Thanks for the feedback. (And doubly thanks for posting it to
the list so we can get some more activity here.)
Ouch. Have I mentioned I love govtrack and think it's quite useful
Did you have any more conversation with the folks in Washington who
are working on ways to make such information more generally
A big reason I haven't been more vocal on this list is that I've been
wrapped up with a Firefox extension called Greasemonkey
else's) creation on whatever web pages they wish. These are called
"user scripts", in the same vein as user style sheets.
I could see it being useful in the context of government pages...
Perhaps a key feature in this context is GM_xmlhttpRequest, a function
which the extension exports to the user script, and which allows
cross-domain asynchronous HTTP requests.
There are many examples of scripts here:
And Jon Udell had a fairly compelling screencast (video) with an
example application of GM_xmlhttpRequest:
The bit with GM is about halfway through.
Not intended as an advertisement, but that's about the most I can
offer this project for now...
- Jeremy Dunck wrote:
> Ouch. Have I mentioned I love govtrack and think it's quite usefulThanks, Jeremy! Much appreciated.
> and important?
> Did you have any more conversation with the folks in Washington whoNo, I haven't.
> are working on ways to make such information more generally
I think what's going to happen next in the grand scheme of things is
that representatives (at least those whose websites are run by
dotgov.info) will start placing some bill identifiers (RDF URIs) into
their RSS feeds. And, I'll then update GovTrack to make use of the same
Then we'll be able to create some new information-aggregating tools,
which will show people why all of this work is important.
I'm glad you mentioned your Firefox extension. (I'll take this moment
to plug my own Thunderbird extension at http://taubz.for.net/code/spf.
:) heh heh)
The screencast was really interesting. Showing library-status links in
Amazon is the type of thing that would be so much simpler to accomplish
if only we were a bit further along with the semantic web. Embedding
things like RDF URIs for bills in RSS feeds and, hopefully, on web
pages, will make browsing the web so much richer -- in the same way that
- ...and then we'll really start moving things VOTERS consider important
out of the shadows of Washington. I'd love to see our 'captive' (by
industry, party, or ideology...take your pick) representatives
compelled to utilize technologies that undermine the value of their
captivity by the various interest groups. Technology may yet reveal
the true nature of our country's power structures, for all to see. I
just hope citizens will actually want to do something with that
revelation. That is not guaranteed.
And yeah, that screencast WAS interesting!
On May 6, 2005, at 09:05, Joshua Tauberer / GovTrack wrote:
> The screencast was really interesting. Showing library-status links
> Amazon is the type of thing that would be so much simpler to
> if only we were a bit further along with the semantic web. Embedding
> things like RDF URIs for bills in RSS feeds and, hopefully, on web
> pages, will make browsing the web so much richer -- in the same way
> - Josh
- On 5/6/05, TML <tlinder@...> wrote:
> And yeah, that screencast WAS interesting!Jon Udell is quite regularly interesting. He's a tech journalist, but
(I say but because it's somewhat unusual) he consistently thinks,
pushes the envelope, and shares.