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Change Log

Below is a list of recent changes to Policy Agendas website.  For a summary of our summer 2012 data updates please read our press release here. For a summary of our spring 2013 data updates please read our press release here. We anticipate releasing a series of data updates at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

Codebooks
-Summer 2012:  Small updates to committee codebook, formatting updates across all codebooks.
-Spring 2013: Update to Topics Codebook (e.g. overview, guidelines, and small adjustments to examples). HTML version updated to match .pdf version.
-Spring 2013: Various formatting and corrections to dataset codebooks.
-Spring 2014: 2014 Codebook Update*
*Note that this includes a major update to the topic coding scheme.  Please visit here for more information.

Congressional Hearings
-Summer 2012: 'Supplementary materials' observations removed (affects fewer than 1% of observations).
-Summer 2012: Added through end of 2008 from CIS 2009 and CIS 2010 volumes.  
-Spring 2013: Fixed bug with truncated descriptions for CIS 2010 (2008) hearings.  Descriptions have been replaced for those hearings.
-Spring 2013: Added hearings through end of 2009 and some 2010 hearings from the full volume of CIS 2010.  
-Spring 2013: Added hearings through end of 2010 from the full volume of CIS 2011.  
-Spring 2013: Replaced CIS2009-CIS2011 hearings data after making a limited number of corrections, description bug fixes, and formatting updates. 
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.
-Note: while most 2010 hearings are included in the hearings dataset, researchers should take note that future volumes will include additional hearings across the last 2+ years. This is due to the CIS Archival system source material.

Bills
-Spring 2014: Replaced data in Trend Analysis tool using recent Bills Project update.  This also fixes an issue with missing Senate bills in 2001/2002, and updates available data through 2012.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac
-Summer 2012: Added 2008-2010.
-Spring 2013: Fixed issue with 2010 descriptions being cut-off, added 2011.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Public Laws
-Summer 2012:  Added 2008-2010.
-Spring 2013: Added 2011.
-Spring 2013: Replaced full dataset - standardized formatting of public law number, house/senate bill variables and descriptions, removed legacy decimal codes in health subtopics, removed ~60 duplicate entries in 2005, other small corrections, links added for recent public laws.
-Summer 2013: Replaced full dataset - fixed cut off descriptions for observations that contained quotation marks (i.e. those that renamed office buildings).
-Spring 2014: Some corrections to topic codes in 2008-2010.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Roll Call Votes
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Fall 2014: Added 2005-2012.

Executive Orders
-Summer 2012:  Added 2004-July 2012.
-Spring 2013: Added full year 2012, standardized dates, added individual M/D/Y columns, fixed some name/begTerm/endTerm errors.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.
-Spring 2014: Added full year 2013.

State of the Union
-Summer 2012:  Added 2006-2012
-Spring 2013: Full dataset replaced - fixes to formatting of date variable, addition of month and day variables, correction of legacy decimal health care subtopic codes, and other small corrections.
-Summer 2013: Added 2013.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Supreme Court Cases
-Summer 2012: Added 2006-2009
-Spring 2013: Added additional cases for 2009
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Gallup's Most Important Problem
-Fall 2012: Added 2008-2011
-Spring 2013: Added 2012, replaced 2008-2011 after fixing a minimal calculation bug related to two new response categories after Sept. 09 (impacting some observations only after the 3rd decimal). Updated quarterly file for 2008-2012.
-Spring 2014: Adjusted dataset to reflect 2014 PAP topic codes (see dataset codebook for more information).
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Encyclopedia of Associations
-Spring 2012: Dataset added to Datasets and Codebooks page.
-Spring 2014: Implemented four year lag in Year variable and added corresponding CopyrightYear variable (see data description for more information).  
-Spring 2014: Replaced full dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes (note: annual imputed dataset did not require any related changes).

New York Times
-Summer 2012: Added 2006-2009.
-Summer 2012: Fixed an issue with blank pre-1970 dates.
-Spring 2014: Replaced dataset with updated 2014 PAP topic codes and CAP topic codes.
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.
-Note: we are presently working on further recoding of the NYT Index dataset related to the coding of foreign affairs issues.

Budget
-Summer 2013: Added 2010-2012
-Spring 2014: Added 2013
-Spring 2014: Added new abridged data codebook
-Note: the recent update includes a fix for a formatting issue with the pctChange variable.  See the abridged data codebook for more information.

Policy Moods
-Summer 2012:  Dataset added to Datasets and Codebooks page.
-Fall 2013: Policy Mood Custom Series Application launched. Available here.
-Spring 2014: Adjusted dataset to reflect updated 2014 PAP topic codes (see Topics codebook for more information).
-Spring 2014: Data codebook updated.

Trends Tool
-Spring 2012: Version 2 launched.
-Summer 2012:  Version 3 launched - includes addition of EA, Bills, Roll Calls, and Policy Moods data.  Chamber can now be graphed separately in all legislative datasets. 
-Spring 2014: Adjustments to topic selection lists in line with 2014 Topics Codebook changes.

Additional Datasets
-Fall 2012: Uscinski TV News dataset added
-Spring 2013: Boydstun NYT Front Page dataset added 

Expected updates coming soon
-Increased standardization of formatting within and across datasets (i.e. date formats, variable conventions).
-Updates to Roll Call Votes through 2013, SOTU/PL/CQ/MIP through 2012 or 2013, NYT through 2009.