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DCdecoded.org: User-Friendly Access to Washington D.C. Laws


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simplifying legal documents and their presentation for the public

Summary:

By replacing proprietary web sites with a free and attractive web interface, DCdecoded.org puts the law directly in the hands of communities. The new site opens up D.C.’s laws with simplified browsing, searching, and downloads of the entire District legal code.

Narrative:

In partnership with the nonpartisan OpenGov Foundation and the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s Office of Open Government, DCdecoded.org opens up D.C’s laws with simplified browsing, searching, and downloads of the entire District legal code. DCdecoded.org‘s straightforward menus start with the fundamentals and guide users through layers of the law. There’s also a search feature to scout out laws related to a specific topic. To sort through the legalese, there are mouse-over pop-up definitions and permanent links to sections and specific code topics.  DCdecoded.org provides downloads of the laws in multiple formats, and there’s even an API for developers.

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According to DCdecoded.org, planned features include “city council legislation, regulations, calculations of the importance of given laws, inclusion of city attorney’s opinions, court rulings, extensive explanatory text, social media integration, significant navigation enhancements, a vastly expanded built-in glossary of legal terms, scholarly article citations, and much more.” By replacing proprietary web sites with a free and attractive web interface, DCdecoded.org can place the law directly in the hands of communities.

Key Quote:

Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) said in a statement that DCdecoded.org puts residents “in a better position to engage with me and my colleagues on the D.C. Council because they will be able to understand how the laws we pass impact their lives on a daily basis.” (Washington Post)

Project Location :

Washington DC

Development Context:

All

Stage:

Ongoing

Stage:

DCdecoded.org
OpenGov Foundation
D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s Office of Open Government

Team Partners:

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