December 30, 2011

Social Media and Legislative Data Help Create Crowd Sourced Markup Process

AT A recent "first congressional hackathon," Facebook developers Roddy Lindsay, Tyler Brock, Eric Chaves, Porter Bayne and Blaise DiPersia coded up a simple proof of concept of what making legislative data more social might look like. "LikeOcracy" pulls legislation from a House XML feed and makes it more possible for citizens to read pending legislation and get involved with the "markup" process of a bill.

Another app presented at the hackathon came not from the attendees but from the efforts of InSourceCode, a software development firm that's also coded for Congressman Mike Pence and the Republican National Committee.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced the beta version of Project Madison, a new online tool to crowd source legislative markup. The vision is that Madison will work as a real-time markup engine to let the public comment on bills as they move through the legislative process.

>Read more on making the congress more social here

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