Earlier this year, we announced that Constitutional Authority Statements were now on the Bill Summary and Status pages in THOMAS. We recently launched @THOMASdotgov, a specific Twitter account for THOMAS.
With this update, the THOMAS Twitter account is now listed in the “Find the Law Library on:” social media box on the left along with the Law Library Twitter account (which has cruised passed 12,000 followers).
Another tweak is the addition of a video link for the Senate in the Current Activity box, which goes to C-SPAN2. The link for House video was previously added after HouseLive launched. If you’re interested in video, I’ve previously blogged about Where to Watch Congress Online.
Also, the Feature box has been replaced with an In Custodia Legis box that displays the three most recent THOMAS posts.
Other changes you won’t see, but will be felt behind the scenes. We’ve added more Dublin Core metadata. One thing this will help with is the new Library of Congress search system, which now can search all of the legislation in THOMAS (and quickly shows that there are 232,294 items). You can then filter the results by date or contributor (Member of Congress). Also, you can see the number of items for each of the facets. This page is a helpful tool to see how many items a Member has sponsored since data starts in THOMAS.
What else would you like to see on THOMAS? How do you think we can improve it?