Open Data: FCC Makes More Than 1.4 GB of Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public
From the Federal Communications Commission:
It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking. As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special firstname.lastname@example.org email address. We welcome and expect many more comments in the weeks to come. And to be clear, every comment will be reviewed as part of the official record of this proceeding.
Because of the sheer number of comments and the great public interest in what they say, Chairman Wheeler has asked the FCC IT team to make the comments available to the public today in a series of six XML files, totaling over 1.4 GB of data – approximately two and half times the amount of plain-text data embodied in the Encyclopedia Britannica. The release of the comments as Open Data in this machine-readable format will allow researchers, journalists and others to analyze and create visualizations of the data so that the public and the FCC can discuss and learn from the comments we’ve received. Our hope is that these analyses will contribute to an even more informed and useful reply comment period, which ends on September 10. We will make available additional XML files covering reply comments after that date.
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