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Library of Congress to retire Thomas

“The legislative website Thomas, a relic of the World Wide Web’s early days, will be retired by the Library of Congress on July 5. The more modern website and database Congress.gov, which launched in beta in 2012, will replace it.Thomas, named for the library’s benefactor Thomas Jefferson, launched in 1995, and was from the outset intended as an online record of the proceedings of the current Congress. At the time the site was forward looking and reflected the state of the art of online technology.” (via FCW)

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THOMAS.gov Transitions to Congress.gov

“The free legislative information website, Congress.gov, is transitioning into its permanent role as the official site for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies.The site, which launched in beta form last fall and features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation, is replacing the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov. Beginning Nov. 19, typing Thomas.gov into a web browser will automatically redirect to Congress.gov. @Thomasdotgov Twitter followers will be transferred to the @Congressdotgov account. THOMAS.gov will remain accessible from the Congress.gov homepage through late 2014 before it is retired.” (via Library of Congress)

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Looking Forward to the THOMAS Beta Website

“In the near future, Congress is expected to release a major upgrade to its aging legislative information website THOMAS. The long-overdue update is part of a much larger effort to “enhance the effectiveness of mission-critical systems,” a response to significant public and internal pressure to improve congressional efficiency and transparency. The launch of “THOMAS Beta” is the first step towards developing what the Library of Congress describes as a completely “modern legislative information system” that will replace THOMAS and Congress’ more sophisticated internal legislative tracking website “LIS” in FY 2014. Both THOMAS and LIS will stay online alongside the beta website for several years.”

via Sunlight Foundation Blog

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How to #FreeTHOMAS: A report on implementing bulk access

“Today we are pleased to release a report on improving public access to legislative information. ┬áThe report (PDF, DOC, ODT) is the result of a collaborative effort that was prompted by the House Leadership’s recent statement endorsing bulk access and the questions raised in a committee report accompanying the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill”

via Sunlight Foundation Blog

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