Past Meetup

The "Good Law" hackathon with lots of legislation data

Hosted by Hackathons and Jams UK

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This Meetup is past

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If you've ever wanted to hack the whole of the UK's statute book (aka the government's legislation database), not just individual pieces of legislation, come along to the Good Law Hackathon, run by the team at The National Archives. Our goal is to develop various hacks that measure the statute book in some way. Imagine creating a 'census' of the statute book!

When most people think of legislation they think of words not numbers, yet the simple act of counting can reveal a great deal about how we are governed. Imagine counting how many times a legally significant word or phrase occurs, or the use of powers, or the number of internal or external references in legislation. Imagine what it tells us - for example, when does legislation start to 'wear out'?

We'd like you to hack 'indices' for some aspect of statute book - the things you'd like to have a go at counting. It's just not been possible before - but we'll provide all the data you'll need.

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