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The Library of Congress Announces Congressional Data Challenge

The Library of Congress started its Congressional Data Challenge, a competition for anyone looking “to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.” By April 2, 2018, interested participants can submit entries such as interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, or a tool to improve congressional and public websites. First prize of $5,000 will be based on the entry’s usefulness, creativity, and design.

“There is so much information now available online about our legislative process, and that is a great thing,” says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “But it can also be overwhelming and sometimes intimidating. … I hope this challenge will spark an interest in the legislative process and also a spirit of information sharing by the tech-savvy and digital humanities pioneers who answer the call. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.”

For more information, read the press release.



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