Welcome to Data First, a monthly newsletter covering the modernization of lawmaking
Laws and regulations work best when we draft and manage them as Data First.
In the United States and around the world, governments are modernizing their legislative and regulatory processes by adopting a data-first approach. Once laws and regulations are created and managed as data first – and not as piles of paper or word processing files – new digital tools can make the process of lawmaking more efficient, more error free and more transparent.
“Data first” is where the law- and rule-making world is headed. We’re starting this newsletter to help keep you informed about this transformation, the new technologies involved and, most important, the impact on how laws and regulations are being made around the globe. We’ll tell you about what’s enabled by this transformation, from cost-savings to new insights into the laws and regulations themselves. We’ll keep you in the loop on the latest news, resources and upcoming events,
A quick word about Xcential Legislative Technologies. Since 2002, Xcential’s data-first approach to how laws and regulations are drafted, amended, published and codified has enabled internal electronic efficiency, intergovernmental digital connections, and external data transparency. Our work with governments around the world – from California to Washington D.C., Hong Kong to the U.K. – has given us deep expertise on the smart way to modernize lawmaking. We understand how adopting a data-first approach represents a vital and necessary structural reform. Open data standards for legislative and regulatory documents, enabling tools like Xcential’s LegisPro, make it easier for governments and the people they serve to author, analyze, and use essential documents.
The mission of Data First is to promote collaboration and the open exchange of information among users of standards-enabled legislative and regulatory drafting and comparison tools. We welcome you to the conversation.
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