unlockMarshall Kirkpatrick’s May 5th article in RedWriteWeb gives a glimpse into why XML matters

Today is an important day in the history of politics and technology – the US Senate voting record is finally available in machine-readable XML (extensible markup language) format.

When this data is available in XML it means others can create mash-ups — re-sorting, re-combining, and re-displaying data — to create interesting and relevant comparisons, and a step towards greater transparency in government.