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Library of Congress Announces First Legislative Data Challenge

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 […]

W3C Government Linked Data Working Group Issues Last Call for Vocabularies

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Science.gov!

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 […]

OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track

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 […]

The Australian Parliament’s New Website

Last Friday, the Parliament of Australia launched its new website, replacing the one that had been in place for 12 years.  I had often used the old website to find a range of information on bills and parliamentary inquiries (i.e., investigations into particular issues).  This includes explanatory memoranda (according to the glossary on the new […]