OpenCongress.org Bill Tracking Tools and Widgets
OpenCongress.org is a website developed by the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation to help people connect with what is happening in Congress. As they explain, “OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, public participation tools, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress.” Read about the impressive set of features in the About OpenCongress section.
I got interested in using OpenCongress.org as a way to track a newly introduced House Bill that would promote conflict resolution and mediation in educational settings. You can keep up with this bill via this link: H.R.4000 - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Act of 2009 or via a widget that tracks a given bill’s progress.
Of special interest to readers of this blog is the fact that you can track specific issues, including one labeled “Alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration” and create a widget on this issue to embed in a blog or website. Here’s the ADR issue widget output.
OpenCongress.org has a robust open api for developers. Learn more here.