Re: [govtrack] Re: Reading the bill
- Antonios Hadjigeorgalis wrote:
> Make Congress read the laws it passes!and Joe Germuska wrote:
> The 'No Legislation Without Representation' Conference
> So, there's "H. Res. 709: Amending the Rules ofThere's also the similar H Res 688, pushed by readthebill.org:
> the House of Representatives to ensure that
> Members have a reasonable amount of time to read
> legislation that will... "
When I have some free time (not likely to be any time soon), I think I
may set up a section on GovTrack highlighting these and the other bills
aiming to improve transparency, with some commentary. I'm hesitant to
create a "GovTrack action center" type thing, since it would be the only
part of the site taking an actual political position, but it seems
OTOH, it would be nice to have that be a part of a larger component of
GovTrack that organizes the positions of advocacy groups, which I've
wanted to do for a long time but haven't gotten to. (More on that next
Joe goes on:
> How are subsequent versions of bills processed?(...snip...)
> How do staffers find the differences between
> More generally, are there things we shouldI'd like to hear more on what people think about that too.
> encourage our legislators to restructure
> government to make GovTrack (and things like it)
> even more able to do what they set out to do?
- Joshua Tauberer
"Strike up the klezmer and start acting like a man. You're
about to have a truth-mitzvah." -- The Colbert Report
- so I found some time to check out the people.xml file ;) ...much nicer
than screen scraping the government website ;) I will be using that xml
file for future people updates :)
so now I have imported gov_track_ids for every person so its easy to
make quick pointers. gov_track ids have been linked like so:
http://metavid.ucsc.edu/gov_track/300037 -> points to Byron Dorgan
I could make a direct pointer to the first page of html search results &
or rss "view" if desired... what I should really do is a have a
function that groups together sequential appearances of a given person
so that speeches show up as a single item...(another thing for the
looking to the future... you might want to check out
relevant video clips could then be embeded in the page alongside the
textual record (so that people would not have to leave your site to view
the clips)...that level of integration would probably require some work
on my end as well ;)
I am running fedora core 6 and the java applet works but I had to
install the sun java jre and point firefox to the correct location
ln -s /opt/jre1.5.0_08/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libjavaplugin_oji.so
by "live archived" I mean we will be updating the site database in real
time as things happen on the house and senate floor and linking to that
video... so that a search for person x or text phrase y would include
up-to-the minute appearances/transcripts, as well as letting people tune
into a live high quality ogg theora reusable broadcast... currently we
do everything in post processing after the day is over... the major
hurdle for this technology to be put in place is the on screen analysis
that has to be done to determine if its public domain footage or C-SPAN
proprietary stuff... we are (slowly) getting closer to having this
Things would faster if I had more time...I am currently working full
time for a different academic project which deals with online political
conversation analysis... I will announce it here when it comes online as
I think it may be of interest to some of the people on this list ;)
Joshua Tauberer / GovTrack.us wrote:
> Michael Dale wrote:
> > Also in metavid news we should soon be doing live archived broadcasts of
> > the house and floor.
> "live archived"?
> > along with a more compatible java ogg theora player :)
> Nice. It doesn't really work with Firefox in Linux right now, so
> that'll be great.
> > Joshua, I am still keen to move forward on integrations with govTrak ...
> > is there a list somewhere on the site listing senator names & their IDs?
> Yep, see the file people.xml linked from:
> http://www.govtrack.us/source.xpd <http://www.govtrack.us/source.xpd>
> But don't open it in your browser -- it's big.
> I'm still looking forward to the day I can link from GovTrack to the
> videos on Metavid.
> - Joshua Tauberer
> http://razor.occams.info <http://razor.occams.info>
> "Strike up the klezmer and start acting like a man. You're
> about to have a truth-mitzvah." -- The Colbert Report
> so I found some time to check out the people.xml file ;) ...much nicerGreat.
> than screen scraping the government website ;) I will be using that xml
> file for future people updates :)
> so now I have imported gov_track_ids for every person so its easy toVery nice. Let me know when I should add a link from GovTrack.
> make quick pointers. gov_track ids have been linked like so:
> looking to the future... you might want to check outReally great. I can't wait to do that.
> relevant video clips could then be embeded in the page alongside the
> textual record (so that people would not have to leave your site to view
> the clips)...that level of integration would probably require some work
> on my end as well ;)
> I am running fedora core 6 and the java applet works but I had toI think I've done that (other java things work OK) but I end up with my
> install the sun java jre and point firefox to the correct location
> something like:
> ln -s /opt/jre1.5.0_08/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so
CPU going to 100% and nothing happening.
> I am currently working fullIt's at least of interest to me! (owing to my linguistics life)
> time for a different academic project which deals with online political
> conversation analysis... I will announce it here when it comes online as
> I think it may be of interest to some of the people on this list ;)
- Josh Tauberer
"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Gödel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)