Data Visualization The Legislative Explorer

Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Travis Korte

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Legislative Explorer: A Visual Guide to Congress

The Legislative Explorer is an interactive web app that lets users track the motion of bills through Congress. Users can view legislation by chamber, by party, by sponsor, or even by topic; these controls can help show, for example, that most of the bills that have become law during the 2013-2014 congress have come from Republican sponsors.

The app was created by John Wilkerson and Nick Stramp of the University of Washington’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) and information design firm Schema. The underlying data comes from over a quarter-million bills and resolutions brought from 1973-present. The data, which is updated nightly, is also available for bulk download in the CAPPP site.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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