September 6, 2011
From MediaShift Idea Lab:
At first blush, state legal codes seem pretty simple. You've got titles, which are composed of chapters, which in turn comprise sections — or something very much like that. It's a straightforward hierarchy, and you might not think that there's a lot of interesting metadata to be extracted from them. But it turns out that a rich mesh of metadata lies just beneath the surface, and by mining that metadata, The State Decoded, a 2011 Knight News Challenge project, is creating an innovative method of navigating state codes.
Here are a few of the most interesting sources of metadata that the project is extracting so far.
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