Re: district center/zoom data and people.xml at-large districts
- To answer my own questions, I believe the -1 is for territories, while the 0 is for at-large districts, while the data source is http://rdfabout.com/, which is itself the published data store.
Now, if only I knew SPARQL...
-BenOn Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 1:43 AM, Ben Woosley <ben.woosley@...> wrote:
Hi Josh & al.,
I'm writing some map JS , I wonder if you'd be able to point me to or release the data used by http://www.govtrack.us/perl/wms/list-regions.cgi ?
Also, I noticed in people.xml is that some at-large districts marked district="0", while other older ones are marked district="-1". Is this an oversight or is there some difference I'm not seeing? I've normalized these to 0 on votereports.
 that is, in hopes of addressing a problem I'm having with the map loading unzoomed & centered if a user doesn't hover properly on the district hover target, e.g.On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM, skyebend <skyebend@...> wrote:
We just discovered that there are some votesmart ids in people.xml that
are appearing more than once, and a wrong when we check against
votesmart. Does anyone know if these ids come from Sunlight, or are
they matched by govtrack? Some of these with the same id are in adjacent
rows in the
file (when alphabetical), which seems suspicious.
837 should be Baird, not Baker
60032 should be Carney
55787 should be Langevin
26768 should be Harman
26723 should be Lincoln not Lott
23797 Wu not Wynn
12080 Lincon Davis, not Jo Ann Davis
worried that there may be other non-dupes that are also errors, I'll
check after we get the lastnames loaded from votesmart.
- On 04/15/2010 01:43 AM, Ben Woosley wrote:
> I'm writing some map JS , I wonder if you'd be able to point me to orHey, Ben. That's all cartographic files right from the Census Bureau:
> release the data used by http://www.govtrack.us/perl/wms/list-regions.cgi ?
I learn something new about GIS all the time. It's incredible how
unintuitively complicated it gets.
(rdfabout.com is just another one of my faces --- it's my playground for
semantic web projects)
> Also, I noticed in people.xml-1 means "I don't know", for historical data. There shouldn't be any
> <http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/people.xml> is that some at-large
> districts marked district="0", while other older ones are marked
> district="-1". Is this an oversight or is there some difference I'm not
> seeing? I've normalized these to 0 on votereports.
-1's for the last ~20 years of data, and I've filled in a lot of the
historical data manually and from an academic data source (Keith Poole's
voting records database).
0 is districts at large.
Fun fact: Vermont used to have multiple at-large congressmen serving
simultaneously rather than congressmen elected by district.