The U.S. Constitution as Open Data? Not this Constitution Day

by - September 17, 2013

How has the Constitution been interpreted over the years? Congress charged its library with publishing an explanation of the document as it has been interpreted by the Supreme Court. This legal treatise, known as The Constitution of the United States, Analysis and Interpretation, or simply Constitution Annotated, is published as a full volume once a decade, with updates released every two years. The legal research behind the Constitution Annotated goes on continuously, and a website maintained inside Congress — available to staff only — is kept up-to-date in real time. We believe the public should have the benefit of these ongoing updates - and Congress’ Joint Committee on Printing agreed. The Committee directed the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office to make the Constitution Annotated available online to the public as it is updated. Earlier today, GPO released the treatise on an iPhone app and website. Unfortunately, the effort falls short of the mark.

The U.S. Constitution as Open Data? Not this Constitution Day. - Sunlight Foundation Blog

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