Re: Senate Committee Roles
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...> wrote:
> Corey Gilmore wrote:
> > It looks like committees.xml for the 110th (I haven't checked any
> > others) only has the Chairman listed for Senate Committees, and no
> > other roles. Is this by design, or is something being inadvertently
> > left out when the file is generated?
> Just to clarify for everyone- The file has entries for all members
> (though it's not been updated recently), but only has role attributes
> for the chairman, and perhaps lacks ranking member, etc. That's what
> mean, right?That's correct - for Senate Committees only the Chairman is listed,
> If it's lacking other roles like vice chairman, ranking member, or
> whatever else there may be, it's not by design.
> Unfortunately, I don't have time to look into this. If you or anyone
> else would like to look at and possibly revise the screen-scraping
> script I use to get the info from the House and Senate websites, let me
> know and I'll post the file publicly.
not the Ranking Member. or any other types. There are multiple role
attributes for members of House Committee that seem to be correct.
The current-committee-assignment element of a person in people.xml
does have role attributes for the appropriate Senate and House
members. Thad Cochran (300023) and the Senate Approps Committee
(SSAP) is an example of a person with a Committee role attribute in
people.xml, but not committees.xml. That difference is why I thought
it might be related to the generation of committees.xml, not the scraping.
If you'd like to post the scraping script I'll take a look at,
although my ability to help will depend on the language you're using.
- On Dec 3, 2007 6:36 PM, Corey Gilmore <coreygilmoredotcom@...> wrote:
> If you'd like to post the scraping script I'll take a look at,Josh posted a lot of his scraping scripts a while back:
> although my ability to help will depend on the language you're using.
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- Tim McGhee wrote:
> On Dec 3, 2007 6:36 PM, Corey Gilmore <coreygilmoredotcom@...But not all of them, and not this one. I just added
> <mailto:coreygilmoredotcom@...>> wrote:
> > If you'd like to post the scraping script I'll take a look at,
> > although my ability to help will depend on the language you're using.
> Josh posted a lot of his scraping scripts a while back:
parse_committeemembership.pl which does the committee membership scraping.
You can download the relevant files from Tim's link above. (Best to use
Subversion to check out the whole directory at the svn:// URL shown at
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