Tech Tip Tuesday: Constitute
Damn you Google, you’ve done it again. Well, it wasn’t all Google, but Google Ideas did provide the seed money for the Comparative Constitutions Project to develop Constitute. Frankly, it’s just awesome. What makes it awesome? 160 constitutions. Yes, 160 of those documents from around the world.
You can read them. You can search them. You can analyze them. You can even refer to a specific one, such as the US Constitution, when you want to challenge some crazy liberal idea that appears to have complete disregard for that constitution. Print or download constitutions, or even pin sections of different constitutions and download those in one document for comparative purposes.
The site provides a variety of different ways for you to research constitutions, such as browsing by country, date, or topic. For example, say you are interested in proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and want to know what that procedure would include:
Or perhaps you are interested in finding where ‘God’ is referenced in the US Constitution:
Hmmm…no results. Good thing they also allow you to report errors, right?
How could this get even better? Perhaps a Google Docs plug-in so that when you pin the sections you really like from various constitutions, those sections can then be added directly to a Google Doc to be crowd-edited by all.
Seriously, though. 160 constitutions from all over the world. Very nice.