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.
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.
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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.