THOMAS

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This article is about the U.S. legislative database. For other uses, see Thomas.

THOMAS is the database of United States Congress legislative information. It is operated by the Library of Congress and was launched in January 1995 at the inception of the 104th Congress. It is a comprehensive, Internet-accessible source of information on the activities of Congress, including:

The database is named after Thomas Jefferson, who was the third President of the United States. It seems there is no reason its name is in all upper-case letters.

According to some sources,[who?] 'THOMAS' is an acronym for "The House [of Representatives] Open Multimedia Access System", but as of November 2006 this text is not apparent anywhere in the THOMAS Web site. This explanation may be a backronym.

The website allows users to share legislative information via several social networking sites,[1] and there have been proposals for an application programming interface.[2]


Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge[edit]

The Library of Congress created the Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso challenge in July 2013 to create representations of selected US bills using the most recent Akoma Ntoso standard within a couple months for a $5,000 prize,[3] and the Legislative XML Data Mapping challenge in September 2013 to produce a data map for US bill XML and UK bill XML to the most recent Akoma Ntoso schema within a couple months for a $10,000 prize.[4]

  • In December 2013, the Library of Congress announced "Jim Mangiafico as the winner of our first legislative data challenge, Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso and the $5,000 prize".[5]
  • In February 2014, Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure as the winners of the Library of Congress Second Legislative Data Challenge.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas.loc.gov
  2. ^ Zetter, Kim (5 March 2009). "the database of United States Congress legislative information". Wired. 
  3. ^ Gheen, Tina (16 July 2013). "Library of Congress Announces First Legislative Data Challenge". Library of Congress. 
  4. ^ Gheen, Tina (10 September 2013). "Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge Launched". Library of Congress. 
  5. ^ Gheen, Tina (19 December 2013). "First Legislative Data Challenge Winner Announced". Library of Congress. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Gheen, Tina (25 February 2014). "Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure Announced as Winners of the Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge". Library of Congress. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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