[Mono-list] Re: Data Grid broken again [OT]

Carl Olsen carl at carl-olsen.com
Sat Oct 22 22:59:11 EDT 2005

I'll be glad to incorporate RDF into my project.  I have all 150 legislators
in the database now.  I'm going to add the committee assignments and then
add a feature that lets users who are registered and approved email them in
groups or individually.  For example, if a bill you support is going to be
considered by a committee, you can email the entire committee or an
individual member.  The official web site has their emails, but no way to
send them email without copying each email address into an email client
program.  I need to get it done by January, because that's when the next
political cycle begins here.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Tauberer [mailto:tauberer at for.net] 
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 5:55 PM
To: carl at carl-olsen.com
Cc: mono-list at lists.ximian.com
Subject: Re: [Mono-list] Re: Data Grid broken again [OT]

(This is totally off topic.)

Carl Olsen wrote:
> I'm also trying to make the web site somewhat useful by making it
> into a searchable database of Iowa legislators (the official state
> web site doesn't have the functionality I'm going to add to mine).

Hey, Carl.

I've rambled once or twice on Monologue about getting this type of 
information (state level politics) into the Semantic Web.  Have you 
thought about (or would you consider) taking the information you've 
already put together and making it available in RDF [1]?  (Admittedly 
the practical usefulness now of turning it into RDF is minimal, but the 
more RDF data there is, the sooner we'll be able to write useful 
semantic web apps taking advantage of knowledge throughout the Internet.)

[1] http://taubz.for.net/code/semweb/whatisrdf/
Also: http://www.govtrack.us/dev/

- Joshua Tauberer


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