The Library of Congress today unveiled beta.Congress.gov, a robust “new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information.” Congress.gov is the successor to the THOMAS system and the Legislative Information System (LIS). Here’s what people are saying about the new site:
- “sleeker, more intuitive and user-friendly” – Sunlight
- “includes common-sense, SEO-friendly, permanent URLs” – Washington Post
- “incorporates user-friendly features like permanent Web addresses, Boolean search and a mobile platform” – New York Times
- “a dramatically overhauled search engine, which allows users to search across numerous years” – The Hill
- “search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing will be able to easily retrieve information from the site” – Associated Press
- “a dramatic update to a site that desperately needed one” – O’Reilly
House leaders are committed to using technology to make Congress more open and accountable, and the Library’s new Congress.gov is a great example of that commitment in action. In the 112th Congress alone, the House has begun posting legislative documents online in machine-readable formats on docs.House.gov; the House floor, committee hearings, and Speaker events are now streamed live online; mobile apps (here and here) make Congressional information more accessible; and more.