I'm pleased to relay the information that today
is launching. OpenCongress --- created by
the Participatory Politics Foundation with help from the Sunlight
Foundation --- is basically a sister site to GovTrack (except with
different parents). Like GovTrack, OpenCongress aims to present
information from THOMAS and other sources in a down-to-earth way.
OpenCongress is based (mostly) on the data set that GovTrack assembles
and makes available for others to reuse, so I'm particularly happy that
someone has finally reused it to make something new. As you can see
from the front pages of the two sites, the focuses of the sites are
fairly different, GovTrack being mostly reference and tracking, while
OpenCongress is taking a stab at some analysis. They also have some
money-in-politics data from OpenSecrets (which I gave up on because
OpenSecrets wouldn't give me the data....).
They plan to focus next on collaborative analysis, which should be
I hope/expect that some level of deep cross-site linking and other data
integration between GovTrack and OpenCongress will follow in the future.
(If they release any announcements later on today, I will forward them.)
- 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)