National Laws 80% open


What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced No It does state that the information is free to access, but not comment of whether it is public domain: “Access to information on the website is free and without prior registration for its visitors”.
In an open and machine-readable format HTML, TXT Changed original submission to indicate that data is not available in XML format. Added that it is available in TXT. I addition it can be downloaded as a Doc. and PDF.
Downloadable at once Yes
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps You can google the name of number of the law and in the repository you can also search by several criterias
Collected by government Yes It is worth mentioning that the data is collected by the Library of Congress which is supposed to provide impartial service to parliamentarians and the public. However, the Speakers of the House of Deputies and Senate are both members of the High Commission which governs the Library (so I am accepting this as government data).
usability 2
collector_name Biblioteca del Congreso
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable) Very clear statement on the date of last amendment. Also provides access to previous versions of a law.
location -
A bit unsure as to whether the Library of Congress should be considered as a government source because since it offers impartial service to congress, I am not sure whether is acts on behalf of government. But I decided to accept the data because 1)the speakers of the lower and upper house are among the chief decision makers 2) one of the Library's main function is to provide information to Congress (so it is closely associated with Congress) 3) Alyssa Beaton of Open North also pointed out that Library of Congress uses the same domain as other government website (.cl).

I am accepting the submission. All the information provided could be identified on the given URL.

Meta data

Data location
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   HTML, TXT
Reviewer   Juela Xhaferraj
Submitters   María Jaraquemada
Last modified   Wed Dec 21 2016 13:55:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)