July 15, 2016
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The latest:
  • Automatic Redlining for Legislation? Rep. Elise Stefanik Wants to Make it Happen
  • Rep. Amash Introduces Landmark Legislative Data Bill
  • Hudson Hollister Selected for Fastcase 50 Awards 
  • Workiva Customer Submits First Inline XBRL Filing with the SEC
  • From RR Donnelley: What Inline XBRL Really Means

Automatic Redlining for Legislation? Rep. Elise Stefanik Wants to Make it Happen

In real life, document redlining is normal. If you’re a student or a knowledge worker, you probably use redlines in Microsoft Word or other tools to track changes and compare drafts.

But in Congress, document redlining is not normal.

On their way to death or passage – usually death – pieces of legislation are usually amended many times. You can track a bill’s progress on But you can’t see how each version changed from the last one.

To redline a bill from its last version, you have to copy-paste both versions into Microsoft Word and run a comparison yourself. And that’s tricky, because page numbers and preambles and formatting don’t line up.

But Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) wants to change that. How? Open data is how.

Continue reading the Coalition's latest blog here

Rep. Amash Introduces Landmark Legislative Data Bill

Earlier this week Rep. Justin Amash introduced the Searchable Legislation Act, H.R. 5760 - a sweeping mandate for Congress to adopt a standardized data structure for all its legislative information. The bill changes the U.S. Code to require both House and Senate to use "searchable electronic formats" for all bills, resolutions, orders, votes, and other legislative records. The bill also directs the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate to set up a task force to create the necessary data structure.

Rep. Amash's bill joins existing proposals, including the Statutes at Large Modernization Act and the EDIT Act - to move Congress toward transforming legislative information into open data. The Data Coalition supports all three; they fit together nicely.

The Searchable Legislation Act will set up a comprehensive data structure; the Statutes at Large Modernization Act will apply that structure to laws passed by Congress, and the EDIT Act will use that structure to track changes in bills.

Hudson Hollister Selected for Fastcase 50 Awards 

Our very own Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition, has been named one of the Fastcase 50. We're so excited for Fastcase's recognition of our Coalition's work!

The Fastcase 50 honors "innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders" who are working for change in the legal system.

View the full list of Fastcase 50 honorees.

Workiva Customer Submits First Inline XBRL Filing with the SEC

Earlier this month member company Workiva announced that that one of its customers used Wdesk to submit the first Inline XBRL filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, July 1, 2016.

This first Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) filing was less than three weeks after the SEC allowed the voluntarily file-structured, financial statement format in the United States. Inline XBRL eliminates duplicative SEC filing requirements because it allows the standardized, machine-readable format to be integrated within companies’ HTML filings.

"We wanted to be the first provider to offer Inline XBRL to streamline SEC compliance,” said Marty Vanderploeg, President and COO of Workiva. “It’s important to our customers, which accounted for more than 50 percent of the XBRL facts filed with the SEC in the first half of 2016.”

Read Workiva's full press release here.

From RR Donnelley: What Inline XBRL Really Means

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cheered open data advocates by embracing the inline XBRL format for corporate financial statements. Inline XBRL allows public companies to file a single financial statement, both human-readable and machine-readable, with the SEC, instead of submitting the information in separate text and data formats, in duplicative fashion.

Want to learn more? Data Coalition member RR Donnelley earlier this year released a white paper entitled Understanding Inline XBRL. The paper describes inline XBRL and what it could mean for public companies, investors, and the SEC itself.

Download the full white paper here.


Data Transparency 2016 (DT2016) will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data. DT2016 will feature three tracks: Open Data in Spending, Open Data in Regulation, and the first-ever federal Open Data Summit.

This event was previously hosted by the Foundation’s sister organization, the Data CoalitionData Transparency 2015 attracted nearly 500 registrants and 50 speakers. 
To register, click here!
Note: Complimentary tickets are offered to government employees. 

When: 8:00am - 5:30pm, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Where: Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Media inquiries: Contact Jessica Yabsley at
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Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
RR Donnelley

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MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

BackOffice Associates
Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Global IDs
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
IRIS Business Services
Merrill Corporation
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BCL Technologies
Gov-PATH Solutions
Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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