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Jul. 19, 2013 12:00 pm

Baltimore is first ‘open law city’ in the country: OpenGov Foundation [VIDEO]

Establishing BaltimoreCode.org makes Baltimore the first "open law city" in the U.S., said OpenGov Foundation cofounder Seamus Kraft.

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BaltimoreCode.org officially launched Wednesday, which means that you can now view Baltimore’s City Charter by individual article instead of scrolling through one PDF document, as Technically Baltimore reported.

As cofounder of the OpenGov Foudation, which created BaltimoreCode, Seamus Kraft was instrumental behind converting the city’s law code from PDF into XML format. According to Kraft, establishing BaltimoreCode.org makes Baltimore the first “open law city” in the U.S.

Watch gb.tc interview Kraft and his OpenGov Foundation counterpart, Chris Birk, about BaltimoreCode.org:

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