OverviewThe Congress Explorer is an open-source platform aimed at searching and exporting data about the Congress members.
The Congress Explorer leverages the Sunlight Labs API. It provides a rich user-interface to perform complex searches on legislators:
by name by title (Senator, Representative,...) by political party by gender by location (state, district) by contacts (Twitter, Bioguide, ...)
ExportSearch results can be exported in different formats:
PDF documents Excel worksheets
DemoA Flash Demo demonstrates most of the features of the Congress Explorer.
Technical DetailsThe Congress Explorer open-source platform is written in Java and built on-top of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP).
Part of the project consists of a Java Porting of the Sunlight Labs API.
RequirementsJava 1.5 or higher Platforms: Windows Linux x86/GTK 2 Any platform supported by Eclipse InstallationFor Windows:
either download and execute the Setup EXE or download and extract the Installer ZIP
For Linux (x86/GTK 2):
download and extract the Installer ZIP
Import the Source Code into Eclipse 3.4.x or higher Open the file 'com.abso.sunlight.explorer.product' in the plug-in project 'com.abso.sunlight.explorer' Follow the 'Eclipse Export product wizard' instructions