The following is a guest post by Rob Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.
Since 1927, the United States Code has been the official codification of Federal statutory law. The Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter. The printed and online versions of the United States Code are prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC), which is an independent, nonpolitical office in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Recent enhancements to the OLRC’s site enable users to download the United States Code in a variety of formats and to search and browse the Code online with sophisticated new features.
Downloadable Files [XML] [XHTML] [PCC] [PDF]
Through the Downloads page, individual titles of the United States Code may be downloaded, or the entire Code may be downloaded at once. The available formats are XML, XHTML, PCC, and PDF. The XML files are produced using the USLM Schema, which is available for download with an accompanying stylesheet. For developers, a detailed User Guide for the schema is also provided.
Search and Browse
The Advanced Search Options page provides easy-to-use, sophisticated tools for legal researchers. Searches may be conducted in current or previous editions of the Code. Search parameters may be limited to particular areas (e.g., certain titles or chapters) or limited to particular fields (e.g., amendment notes). A tool for automated cross reference searching is also provided.
In July, the Library announced its first legislative data challenge. We are delighted to tell you about another Library of Congress legislative data challenge, Legislative XML Data Mapping. Like the first data challenge, this challenge incorporates the Akoma Ntoso legislative schema, but instead of asking competitors to apply the schema to bill text, we are […]
Andrew and I have both mentioned the Akoma Ntoso schema for representing law and legislation in XML and enabling easier exchange of this information on In Custodia Legis in the past. Today we have more exciting news for you. To help advance the development of international exchange standards for legislative data, the Library of Congress is […]
The following is a guest post by Kevin Ford, Digital Project Coordinator in the Network Development and Metadata Standards Office (NDMSO) at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is pleased to make the K Class – Law Classification – and all its subclasses available as linked data from the LC Linked Data Service, ID.LOC.GOV. […]
Last April, I mentioned the work of the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group (GLDWG) to provide recommendations for governments on which RDF vocabulary terms to use for common concept areas. The GLDWG has announced Last Call working drafts of three vocabularies: • Organization Ontology (ORG): describes a core ontology for organizational structures, aimed at […]
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Science.gov. This free gateway to government science information and research results from 13 federal agencies provides a search of over 55 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information, including Library of Congress information from THOMAS, the Prints and Photographs Division, and the Science, Technology, and Business […]
The Virtual Services Team in the Law Library has been looking for new ways to present our digital collections and information, so last week I decided to give ViewShare a spin. ViewShare is a free web application for generating dynamic views of data sets. It is based on the open source Recollection software developed by the […]
A while back I mentioned the Library of Congress was looking at ways to provide the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) as linked data. I am happy to report linked data versions of several classes have been released in beta on the LC Linked Data Service by the Network Development and Metadata Standards Office (NDMSO). These […]
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently formed a new technical committee, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee, to begin moving forward specifications for a common legal document standard for parliamentary, legislative and judicial documents. The specification will be based upon the Akoma Ntoso-UN project’s XML schema, which Andrew Weber mentioned […]
Earlier this year, I attended the second face-to-face meeting of the W3C Working Group on Government Linked Data (GLDWG). I have been a member of this international group since last summer, and as someone who is interested in linked data and hopes to incorporate it into my work, I always appreciate the opportunity to learn […]