Senate Opening Up? Offers Up Vote Data In XML Format
from the fun-to-watch dept
There’s been a big push lately to get the gov’t to be a lot more open with its data, and both the new federal government CTO and CIO have spoken up about the importance of opening up more data. While it may take some time, we are starting to see things happen — and happen quickly in some cases. Apparently, the Senate agreed (despite some reservations) to make the data from Senate votes available in an open XML format, and just a few days later that data is available. This is absolutely a good thing, but the real test will be seeing what people do with this and other open government data sources. It’s nice to report on the government doing something right every once in a while….