Tag: legal codes

by Waldo Jaquith

Version 0.4 of The State Decoded was just tagged on GitHub and bundled up for download, the result of six weeks of work. The State Decoded is a platform that displays state codes, court decisions, and information from legislative tracking services to make it all more understandable to normal humans. This release is dedicated (almost) […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

The State Decoded project is putting U.S. state laws online, making them easy to search, understand and navigate. Our laws are organized badly, but The State Decoded is reorganizing them automatically, connecting people with the legal information they need with the ease of a Google search. In implementing many of the features necessary to provide […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

Those of us who deal with big data have a tendency to describe working with it in cavalier terms. “Oh, I just grabbed the XML file, wrote a quick parser to turn it into CSV, bulk loaded it into MySQL, laid an API on top of it, and I was done.” The truth is that […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

At first blush, state legal codes seem pretty simple. You’ve got titles, which are composed of chapters, which in turn comprise sections — or something very much like that. It’s a straightforward hierarchy, and you might not think that there’s a lot of interesting metadata to be extracted from them. But it turns out that […] more »