"Popup Politicians" is an interesting angle on distributed publication launched earlier this week. If you add the tags below to politicians referenced on your Web page, a bubble will appear with useful links to their voting records etc.
While the information does come from a centralized source--Congresspedia, for example--this method allows access to that information to be distributed across individual Web pages.
From the site:
Popup Politicians is an AJAX-based widget that adds mini-profiles with links of Members of Congress to your page that appear when you mouseover the link.
This prototype consists of a callable remote API for getting info about politicians, and a tag-popup script which uses that API. To use it, you tag politicians on the page, using this format:
<a href="http://sunlightlabs.com/tag/Sen.+Edward+M.+Kennedy" rel="tag">Sen. Edward M. Kennedy</a>
(this format should be consistent with technorati and other tag-scrapers on the web). Next, you add the script file, like this:
When the script runs, it finds all the tags that look like the above, and adds a popup.