I'm looking through the City Council agenda items and noticed there is a great deal of information in each one. However, all of the documents are in the proprietary PDF format which makes them hard for machines (computers) to parse. If I were looking to extract some meaningful data (say expense, revenue, and affected city areas), I would need to comb through each one of these files manually.
It would be great if the city were to release these documents as HTML or XML documents. Even plain text is better than PDF for parsing!
With the above in mind, I have two questions:
- Can the city provide additional open formats for agenda item documents going forward?