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BaltimoreCode.org: digital version of City Charter officially launches [VIDEO]

The skeleton version of BaltimoreCode.org was one of 10 projects developed during the Hack for Change civic hackathon in June.

Today marks the official launch of BaltimoreCode.org, a digital version of Baltimore’s City Charter that breaks down the city’s law code article by article from one PDF into easy-to-read, XML format.

View Baltimore’s City Charter at BaltimoreCode.org.

But the skeleton version of BaltimoreCode.org was one of 10 projects developed during June’s Hack for Change, the hackathon event that represented Baltimore’s participation in the National Day of Civic Hacking, as Technically Baltimore reported. The OpenGov Foundation, responsible for the Project Madison 2.0 interface that will soon allow Baltimore residents to comment on draft legislation, is also responsible for developing and deploying BaltimoreCode.org.

Watch a video about BaltimoreCode.org:

Both the city charter and BaltimoreCode.org will be continually updated to reflect new legislation on the city’s open data portal, OpenBaltimore, in Microsoft Word or XML formats.

“Having the code in these file formats will make searching, studying,
and learning about our laws much more efficient,” said Baltimore Chief Data Officer Heather Hudson in a press release.

Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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