US Small Business
Administration adopts DiscoverText for sorting comments on proposed rules.
New Software: The latest
DiscoverText featuring the Twitter and Facebook Graph APIs.
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USDA, FCC & USFWS Adopt UMass
eRulemaking Software: The Public Comment Analysis Toolkit (PCAT)
is in use as
New Videos: Download
a brief video demonstrating the DURIAN solution for mass email campaigns (.avi
or download a second video demonstrating the
Analysis Toolkit solution for sorting public comments (.avi
Tools-for-Rules: Use our
Tools-for-Rules to review the
271,324 e-mailed public comments received by the US Fish & Wildlife
Service on "Designating the Northern Rocky Mountain
Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and Removing
This Distinct Population Segment From the Federal List of Endangered and
In the News:
"Algorithmically Yours" - Science &
"Constituents' E-Mail..." -
On the Airwaves: An
interview on WGDR about mass e-mail campaigns.
E-Rulemaking," Schlosberg, Zavestoski & Shulman
dg.o 2008: "Ontology Collection for Large E-mail
Collections," Yang & Callan.
Classifying Subjective Claims," Kwon et al.,
"A Bootstrapping Approach for Identifying
Stakeholders in Public-Comment Corpora," Arguello & Callan.
Analysis for eRulemaking," Kwon, Shulman & Hovy, "Next
Steps in Near Duplicate Detection for eRulemaking," Yang, Callan & Shulman.
dg.o 2006 Whitepaper Collection: A collection of White Papers
produced for a workshop on
"eRulemaking at the
Crossroads" at dg.o 2006.
Stakeholder Report (2004):
"The Internet Still Might (but
Probably Won't) Change Everything," prepared based on three days of
focus groups with a wide range of public and private participants in US
Just for Fun: Check out a
based on public comments about the polar bears.
research project was initiated during the fall 1999 semester and the content on this website
was made possible with the following grants from the
National Science Foundation: III-0705566
"Collaborative Research III-COR: From a Pile of Documents to a Collection of
Information: A Framework for Multi-Dimensional Text Analysis," IIS-0429293
"Collaborative Research: Language Processing Technology for Electronic
Rulemaking," EIA-00328914 "SGER COLLABORATIVE: A Testbed for eRulemaking Data,"
SES-0322662 "Democracy and E-Rulemaking: Comparing Traditional vs. Electronic
Comment from a Discursive Democratic Framework," and EIA-0089892 "SGER: Citizen
Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory Process: Electronic Collection and Synthesis of
Public Commentary." We are also grateful for financial support from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material
are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National
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