Digital Democracy – Search for Bills, Hearings, Speakers, Committees and Organizations
Digital Democracy is a project of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. This free online platform offers a searchable database of state legislative committees hearings, allowing the user to search videos by keyword, topic, speaker, organization or date. Digital Democracy is a first-of-its-kind tool because it transcribes legislative hearing videos and makes them available in their searchable entirety. These data rich transcripts represent an entirely new universe of information previously unavailable to the public. A robust database of all speakers tracks individual participants’ testimony and positions, as well as other essential information such as campaign donation and gift histories. Digital Democracy also offers complete text, history and other information on all bills introduced before the state legislature, as well and legislative bill analyses and information on upcoming legislative hearings. This project is pushing beyond the technical challenges of providing mere access to information, instead focusing on how this new data set can be meaningfully interpreted and acted upon by individual citizens and grassroots organization to achieve effective action. Tools within the system allow a user to quickly and easily search, locate, view, clip, and share this information and opinions on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The video clips provide dynamic content for citizen activists, community organizers, traditional journalists as well as online media outlets, bloggers, educators, researchers, professional associations, and government watchdogs. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.