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Friday, March 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open

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Two decades ago, Congress began publishing some of its activities online, revolutionizing access to essential public information. The system was called THOMAS, after our third president. Managed by the Library of Congress, it aimed to serve as a central hub to find bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee reports, treaties and so on. States and municipalities followed suit, building out data sets that are essential to a large variety of applications and services.
While technology has changed a lot since the mid 1990s, the quality of data coming from Congress and other branches of government has not kept up.
Creating a more open and comprehensive system of public data -- not only from Congress, but throughout government -- would make a variety of powerful new applications possible.
Join us for a discussion of how better data can empower citizen activists and public interest groups to make government more accountable, and more responsive.

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avatar for Molly Bohmer

Molly Bohmer

Data Curator, Cato Institute
Molly Bohmer is the Data Curator at the Cato Institute where she manages the Deepbills Project and researches policy issues surrounding government transparency and data. She also works with the Congressional Data Coalition to promote the release of data in the legislative branch. Molly has previously worked for Thomson Reuters and CACI International, where she served as a Database Architect and Systems Administrator, respectively.
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Daniel Schuman

Policy Dir, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Daniel Schuman works at the intersections of law, policy, and technology as policy director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit organization devoted to government transparency and accountability with a special emphasis on government ethics. He also is chair of the Congressional Data Coalition's steering committee, whose mission is to promote greater transparency, preservation, and access to... Read More →
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Molly Schwartz

Assoc Fellow, R Street Institute
Molly Schwartz is a Fulbright scholar conducting research at the Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture and experimenting with user-centered design concepts at the National Library of Finland. Molly has been an analyst at the U.S. Department of State and is currently a policy fellow at R Street Institute focusing on open data and the politics of information. As a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Resident she completed... Read More →
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Rebecca Williams

Policy Analyst, Data.gov
Rebecca Williams is the Senior Engagement Liaison for Data.gov building out the federal open data infrastructure and facilitating community engagement. Prior to joining the Data.gov team, Rebecca worked with the Sunlight Foundation on advocating open data best practices to local governments across the United States. She holds a J.D. from Western New England Law School, and participated in a joint Masters of Regional Planning program, with a focus... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 10AB Austin Convention Center

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