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Re: Role attribute missing in committees.xml

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  • John
    Thank you Josh, that s very helpful. I m not sure I d be able to fix your source code, but if I can get a handle on my life at some point, I ll try to take a
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 20, 2010
      Thank you Josh, that's very helpful. I'm not sure I'd be able to fix your source code, but if I can get a handle on my life at some point, I'll try to take a look.


      --- In govtrack@yahoogroups.com, Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...> wrote:
      > Hi, John.
      > On 03/12/2010 05:11 PM, John wrote:
      > > I'm just starting to play with the GovTrack data, and I noticed that
      > > the committees table doesn't include a fully populated role
      > > attribute. The attribute seems to exist for the committee Chair,
      > > but not for other roles like "Ranking Member".
      > It's a data error if that's missing, but not something I'm likely to fix
      > in the near future (priorities priorities). (As always, anyone is
      > welcome to try to fix it in my source code...)
      > > The People.xml file includes committees and subcommittees for each
      > > person in addition to a fully populated 'role' attribute, but it
      > > doesn't include a committee id for joining to the committees table.
      > Fixed, with a code attribute. (A dash separates a committee code from
      > the subcommittee numeric id, for subcommittee assignments.)
      > > Would it be reasonable to ask for a new xml file that contains
      > > elements for next sessions and attributes for where(house & senate)
      > > and datetime? Obviously I can create my own local file, but it would
      > > be nice to have the source originate from GovTrack at some point in
      > > time.
      > Interestingly, I've just discovered that I must have deleted the code
      > that generates those files... They seemed to have not been updated since
      > 2009. (Oops.) So... I'm deleting them.
      > I'll have to return to this in the future.
      > Josh
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