Updated Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) XML

  Last August, I released an XML copy of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL).  As an example of what could be done with the structured data, I also created a single-page HTML version generated from the XML.  Since then, there's been significant activity in the state statutory arena; my favorite example is Virginia Decoded, a

By |2012-04-14T14:13:40-04:00April 14th, 2012|Law, Technology|5 Comments

Single HTML File of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL)

 Last night, I posted a copy of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) as an improved and structured XML document.  As an example of what can be easily done with freely available, structured, machine-readable law, I've produced a single HTML file containing the entire MCL with table of contents, internal hyperlinks, and indentation.  You can either

By |2011-08-14T13:13:37-04:00August 14th, 2011|Law, Programming|0 Comments

XML Copy of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL)

  A few weeks ago, Ari Hershowitz posted on Quroa calling for a Californa code hackathon.  Since Ari was drumming up support for software developers to build state-level tools, I thought I'd see what data the Michigan government had to offer.  However, Michigan, unlike California, does not provide any bulk access to its Code.  Access to Michigan

By |2011-08-13T22:01:20-04:00August 13th, 2011|Law, Programming|0 Comments

Archiving Tweets with Python

  Last week, I posted some R code that downloads the user and timestamp of tweets that contain a given hashtag going back as far as Twitter search will allow.  As I noted in the post, the text of these tweets isn’t stored because of encoding issues with R and its JSON packages.  A few people emailed asking

By |2011-02-26T15:20:18-05:00February 26th, 2011|Programming|13 Comments

Dataset: Wisconsin Union Protester Tweets #wiunion

   I've been playing with Twitter data over the last week, archiving Algerian, Egyptian, Iranian, and Chinese tweets.  I thought I'd bring the story a little closer to home this time by archiving tweets from Wisconsin Union protesters on the #wiunion tag.  Grab the dataset of 165,593 tweets here, and check out the two figure

By |2011-02-21T20:58:22-05:00February 21st, 2011|Programming, Society|2 Comments

Tracking the Frequency of Twitter Hashtags with R

 I’ve posted three examples of Twitter hashtags datasets in the last week: one on China, one on Iran, and one on Algeria.  In order to build these datasets, I needed to obtain older tweets; this is slightly more difficult than simply filtering the streaming feed for your hashtag of choice.  The original code I wrote

By |2011-02-21T01:22:32-05:00February 21st, 2011|Programming|7 Comments

Dataset: Tweets from the Chinese Protests #cn220

  Earlier this week, I posted a ~100k tweet dataset on the #25bahman protests in Iran.  The corresponding figure of frequencies showed a strong presence on Twitter, with over 500 tweets per 5 minute period at peak.  You can download the dataset or check out the figure in that post.   I decided to take a quick

By |2011-02-20T14:03:44-05:00February 20th, 2011|Programming, Society|0 Comments

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