Exploring the Constitution Visually

I have developed a new experimental interactive app for exploring the United States Constitution.

US Constitution Explorer


Click on the image above to launch the app

This app allows you to navigate the contents of the U.S. Constitution while displaying the overall hierarchy and structure. You can click on the various Articles and Amendments to expand the sub-parts and and see the accompanying text.

Consitution List2

This app was somewhat more challenging to develop because I was unable to find any version of the U.S. Constitution that had been written in .xml.  Thus, I had to create an .xml version of the Constitution myself.  In a follow-up post, I will include the xml version of the U.S. Constitution

This app was created using the d3 data visualization framework and javascript.  It uses Mike Bostock’s collapsible tree framework as a base.

Harry Surden

Harry Surden is an Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School and affiliated faculty at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX). His scholarship centers upon artificial intelligence and law, patents and copyright, information privacy law, legal informatics and legal automation, and the application of computer technology within the legal system. He is a former professional software engineer.

His Twitter is : @Harry Surden

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