Re: [govtrack] Hello list
- On Sep 1, 2005, at 11:19 AM, Scott Beardsley wrote:
> I think perhaps the most complete way to get the termsHey, that's a good idea :-) I'll see if this gets me a bit further.
> served (and term durations) is to derive it (through
> election results).
At the moment I've got some scrapers and rdf generators  but
nothing very useful apart the names and addresses are getting parsed
for senators and representatives.
I tried contacting the folks at ilga.gov who make the Illinois data
available via the web, but haven't gotten a response. Would be nice
to work directly with them rather than scraping. Any ideas for
interjecting ourselves into these organizations?
I'm still around. I haven't done much the past couple months for work
related reasons. I have just finished moving to another place of employment
and a long needed vacation. I had made some headway with Virginia Senators
and Congressmen. I have most their information imported into a Postgres db
with the exception of dates for some of them. For some, the information is
quite specific as to election dates, however with others it's vague, but
I'll make it work. I should be able to get moving again in a couple weeks
while my wife is on vacation with our son.
- --- Edward Summers <ehs@...> wrote:
> Any ideas forI'd say contact the government agency responsible for
> interjecting ourselves into these organizations?
putting out the data. In Cali it's the Secretary of
State but in Illinois it looks like the Board of
Elections is responsible.
Illinois looks like they are a few steps ahead of
California as far as uniform formatting. I did a
little surfing and you can get 7 or so years of
candidate and election info (in multiple
formats). Put the two together and you can cross
reference the names/positions in legislation.
They've even got a dtd for the bill status.
It's a round-a-bout way of getting everything we need
but I think it's the best approach. Mine data from the
sources responsible for creating/maintaining that
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