Preserving state government digital information:
As part of the Minnesota led NDIIPP project, the XML Schema Working Group developed a set of metadata elements that could be used to describe legislative data sets. This metadata set although created with legislative bills in mind is very basic with the understanding that the less requirements, the easier the set would be repurposed within the state and across state lines.
When capturing data to repurpose, the Sunlight Foundation uses metadata to facilitate use and access.
The following document describes both the Minnesota legislative metadata set and the metadata Sunlight uses for legislative bills and then compares the two, noting the similarities and differences.
XML Schema Workgroup
For more information on the XML Schema Workgroup, please visit the XML Workgroup webpage.
March 3, 2011