There's an interesting event going on today and tomorrow at the Cato Institute, with a very practical focus: looking at ways to automate the process of getting legislative data into Wikipedia
. That is, when new bills are introduced, and as they make their way through Congress and to the President, is there any reason that data doesn't automatically
populate to Wikipedia?
Our project to produce enhanced XML markup of federal legislation is well under way, and we hope to use this data to make more information available to the public about how bills affect existing law, federal agencies, and spending, for example.
What better way to spread knowledge about federal public policy than by supporting the growth of Wikipedia content?
There are a bunch of services out there that present such legislative data, but having a straight XML feed from Congress to Wikipedia seems like an all around good idea.