The FR2 Story
- or -
What happens when you find
some data to love
Bob Burbach
@peregrinator
criticaljuncture.org
@critjunc
Sunlight Labs Contest
Apps 4 America 2
Sunlight Labs Contest
Criteria:
Data.gov
Transparency
Permanence
Design/Visualization
Apps 4 America 2
Download bulk full text XML & mods files each day and
break into relational schema with full text indexed by
Sphinx
Scan f...
Continued to work on GovPulse.us and were contacted
by the Office of Federal Register
Federal Register 75th Anniversary wa...
Typical government development cycles:
Code releases every 6 months
Most features spec’d out in advance
Hosted in house
Th...
Trust had been established with GovPulse.us
Federal Register 2.0 dev cycle:
Continuous release cycles
Spec refined in cont...
Entire code base is open source
Hosted on Amazon
User site feedback integrated into site
Cross government site integration...
Launch July 26 from the
Rotunda of the National Archives
Launch
This is a story of finding a dataset and giving it love.
Bring modern web techniques to the table but do it in
a respectfu...
Find a dataset you think is important
document it
expose it in a new way
Sunlight Labs Gems/API’s
Federal Register 2.0
Add...
Bob Burbach
@peregrinator
criticaljuncture.org
@critjunc
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The Story of Federal Register 2.0

  1. 1. The FR2 Story - or - What happens when you find some data to love
  2. 2. Bob Burbach @peregrinator criticaljuncture.org @critjunc
  3. 3. Sunlight Labs Contest Apps 4 America 2
  4. 4. Sunlight Labs Contest Criteria: Data.gov Transparency Permanence Design/Visualization Apps 4 America 2
  5. 5. Download bulk full text XML & mods files each day and break into relational schema with full text indexed by Sphinx Scan for references to the FR, CFR, US Code, etc (allows for deep linking and citation analysis) Extract locations & spider Regulations.gov to link to comment page GovPulse.us
  6. 6. Continued to work on GovPulse.us and were contacted by the Office of Federal Register Federal Register 75th Anniversary was July 26th, 2010 Began work in late April / early May Working 2 days/wk and nights and weekends for 3 months. Federal Register 2.0
  7. 7. Typical government development cycles: Code releases every 6 months Most features spec’d out in advance Hosted in house This project couldn’t be done this way and have any hope of being done by the 75th Anniversary Working with the OFR
  8. 8. Trust had been established with GovPulse.us Federal Register 2.0 dev cycle: Continuous release cycles Spec refined in continually Modern web technologies Ruby, HTML 5 Open source, modern server architecture Working with the OFR
  9. 9. Entire code base is open source Hosted on Amazon User site feedback integrated into site Cross government site integration Fundamental Change
  10. 10. Launch July 26 from the Rotunda of the National Archives Launch
  11. 11. This is a story of finding a dataset and giving it love. Bring modern web techniques to the table but do it in a respectful, professional manner. explain what it does (non-technical) and why it's better than the alternative (you have to know the alternative) why they solve a particular problem Why this worked
  12. 12. Find a dataset you think is important document it expose it in a new way Sunlight Labs Gems/API’s Federal Register 2.0 Add links in text to scientific documents Help us extract gems What to hack on
  13. 13. Bob Burbach @peregrinator criticaljuncture.org @critjunc

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