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Ari Hershowitz
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The law needs engineers.
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Pope Shows the Way to Modernity in "Call to Holiness"
Pope Francis published a remarkable document today , called the "Gaudete et exsultate", an exhortation to holiness. He says its goal is to "repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time". The philosophy of the document is bold and moder...
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XML Editing is Hard
I was reminded this week that our best customers at Xcential are those who try to build a legislative data system themselves first. And today's XCKD perfectly sums up why: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/here_to_help.png
XML Editing is Hard
XML Editing is Hard
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XML Editing is Hard
I was reminded this week that our best customers at Xcential are those who try to build a legislative data system themselves first. And today's XCKD perfectly sums up why: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/here_to_help.png
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Git for Law Revisited
Laws change. Each time a new U.S. law is enacted, it enters a backdrop of approximately 22 million words of existing law. The new law may strike some text, add some text, and make other adjustments that trickle through the legal corpus. Seeing these changes...
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More Elasticsearch: Flexibility without duplicates
People want everything. When they're searching, they want flexibility and they want precision, too. Legal researchers, especially, show this cognitive dissonance: in their personal lives they are used to Google's flexibility ("show me that hairy dog that lo...
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Elasticsearch on Windows: Security
A government client wants to be able to search through their data. In a typical case, an office or agency has a long-standing rulebook that employees still carry around in a paper binder, because they lack a browsable, searchable electronic version. For exa...
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Elasticsearch and MS SQL Server: Would you like search with that?
In our data-rich world, everything goes better with search. We've gotten used to having search as a baked-in feature of applications and expect the search to be full-featured and flexible. So when building a data-rich enterprise web application, the questio...
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A Cite to Behold: Standardizing Electronic Legal Citations
Citations are the hyperlinks of law, so it is natural to expect textual citations to be hyperlinked in electronic laws. Numerous parallel efforts are taking on this task for federal government documents online, making those documents easier to read and navi...
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Almost Digital Congress: ToDo List
When fitness hero Jack Lalanne, then in his nineties, was asked about his sex life, he said that he and his wife had sex almost every night. "Almost Monday, almost Tuesday, almost Wednesday...". Similarly, if you ask me about progress in modernizing the leg...
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Code Across 2015 -- San Francisco -- And Hiring
I'm looking forward to join more than a hundred other programmers and civic activists at the Code Across 2015 event in SF , part of Code Across 2015 , an event collaboratively organized by Code for America as part of International Open Data Day . The scope ...
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