Open Standards, XML
The U.S. House of Representatives held its second annual Legislative
Data and Transparency Conference on 22 May, in the Capitol
Visitor Center Auditorium. The 2012 conference brought together the government insiders that create and
publish legislative data with the public that consumes and reuses the
information. The 2013 conference addressed the "use and future of
legislative data," and covered topics including electronic
legislative archiving, XML and metadata standards, and updates on
Since 23 February 2013 the Senate of Italy started to publish on its website all bills in XML, using an Akoma Ntoso compliant scheme (in addition to the usual HTML, PDF, and ePub formats). Also, the Senate of Italy recently released the open data portal dati.senato.it
The New York State Senate has been working on FOSS open government
initiatives for constituent relationship management, open legislation,
geocoding, and more. That software can be downloaded from GitHub here:
Source:OSOR.eu - Open Source News
A study group in the German parliament advises changes to the national budget laws, to allow publishing as open source the software written for or by public administrations. Currently, Germany's budget law prevents public administrations from giving ICT solutions away for free.
Date:Fri, 08/02/2013 - Sun, 10/02/2013
A conference on XML and data on the web will be held at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic from 8 to 10 February 201.
This paper presents a proposal for an open XML standard for the markup of legal documents: METALex. The standard provides a generic and easily extensible framework for the XML encoding of the structure and contents of legal and paralegal documents. It differs from other existing metadata schemes in two respects: It is language and jurisdiction independent and it aims to accommodate uses of XML beyond search and presentation services.
Date:Sun, 07/10/2012 - Tue, 09/10/2012
The 2012 Law Via the Internet (LVI 2012) took place at the Cornell Legal Information Institute (Ithaca, New York) from 7 to 9 October 2012 and covered themes on free and open access to legal information: open government and e- participation, legal publishing, open access and sustainability, applications, data management, etc.
Date:Thu, 13/09/2012 - Sat, 15/09/2012
The World e-Parliament Conference 2012 was held at the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, in Rome, on 13, 14 and 15 September. The Conference concluded on the International Day of Democracy, established in 2008 by the UN General Assembly.
Date:Mon, 10/09/2012 - Sat, 15/09/2012
The school provided knowledge of the most significant ICT standards emerging for legislation, judiciary, parliamentary and administrative documents. The course provided an understanding of their impact in the different phases of the legislative and administrative process, awareness of the tools based on legal XML standards and their constellations, and the ability to participate in the preparation and use of standard-compliant documents throughout law-making process.
The Presidency Conclusions of the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments, held in Warsaw on 20-21 April 2012, recognized the role of open standards in providing better access to parliamentary information and activities, and at the same time called for the adoption of internationally agreed standards to favour the re-use of published data.
In 2008 and 2010, the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, jointly published the first and second edition of the World e-Parliament Report.
International Meeting: Achieving Greater Transparency in Legislatures through the Use of Open Document Standards
Date:Mon, 27/02/2012 - Wed, 29/02/2012
Improvements in technology over the last
decade offer parliaments new opportunities to foster the democratic values of
transparency, openness and accountability. Making information available on a timely
basis in machine readable and re-usable format has become a vital means for
enhancing the transparency of legislative bodies and for improving public
access to parliamentary documents. The use of open document standards is one of
the essential and effective ways of achieving these goals through technology.
As part of the initiative to increase House transparency and improve access to legislative data, the Committee on House Administration adopted new standards that require all House legislative documents be published electronically in an open, searchable format on one centralized website.