[Baypiggies] Python/Django help open up US Govt

Steve Lindblad spl at member.fsf.org
Tue Oct 6 03:36:04 CEST 2009

This is very cool! (Both fedthread and the fact that the GPO is making
the FR available as XML.)  Perfect example of how python and open
source can empower democracy.  Do you know if they are or intend to
publish the source code?

I'm actually having a bit of trouble searching, but hopefully that is
a temporary situation. Maybe it's more popular than they expected.

Thanks for posting.

On Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 11:53:55AM -0700, Brent Tubbs wrote:
> I thought this was neat enough to merit passing along.
> The team at Freedom to Tinker have put together a site (
> http://www.fedthread.org/) that allows searching and threaded comments for
> all US Govt regulations published in the Federal Register, going back to
> 2000.  Any paragraph can be the start of a new conversation thread.  You can
> have RSS or email feeds based on custom searches.  It was built on a LAMP
> stack using Django, jQuery, and critically, the Federal Register XML feed
> from the Government Printing Office.
> The really impressive part: there were only ten days between the initial
> concept for the site and the launch.
> Full announcement here:
> http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/felten/introducing-fedthread-opening-federal-register

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