Government Datasets or APIs

Commonwealth Legislation API

It would be great if Australian legislation were available in a machine-readable format.

There are many projects available for scraping and parsing what's out there in HTML and PDF format, but it is insufficient for a modern, vibrant, digital democracy.

I propose an API that would provide access to Bills and Acts in a machine readable format such as XML, such that we could do things such as:

* Compare different versions of Acts side by side in a diff-like manner

* Transpose proposed Bills on top of the relevant Acts in a manner similar to diff to see the result prior to debate and acceptance

* Allow for timely dissemination of legislation in a manner befitting the web, such as being able to link to specific sections or paragraphs

* A git repository could be created that allows anyone to fork and modify legislation and make actual tangible proposals to fix legislation

These are just a few of the benefits that could be provided by an API for Commonwealth legislation. I'm sure others can think of even better things they could do with it.

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Idea No. 60