A new site is available that combines information about legislation before Congress with what media and blogs are saying about legislative activity. Here is what OpenCongress.org has to say about itself:
Sunlight is launching a new project this morning -- OpenCongress.org
-- that we are very excited about. This is is joint effort with the amazing team from the Participatory Politics Foundation
-- a group based in Worcester, Mass. that builds open-source software and web tools for civic engagement.
Think of this as a user-friendly Thomas
, on steriods. We've brought together critically important information about what is happening in Congress --legislation and issue focused -- and combined that with what bloggers and the mainstream media are most talking about. We've added a component of social wisdom tracking what's hot and what's most-viewed on the site itself, along with what others are writing about. There are lots of links to other Sunlight projects like Congresspedia
and Sunlight grantees like OpenSecrets.org
. We are aiming to to offer a comprehensive, understandable, user-friendly snapshot of every bill and Member of Congress.
Labels: Blogs, Congress, Legislation