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Case Corpus, Free Case Law, OAI and the Kitchen Sink

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Published on Aug 2, 2011

From the 2008 CALI Conference for Law School Computing

Audience: All
Technical Level: High

Free online caselaw is a burgeoning enterprise. There are now 18 LII namesakes operating worldwide; all Federal courts are required to put their cases online. These traditional actors are now joined by advocacy organizations like public.resource.org, digital-government groups like the Sunlight Foundation, by cross-subsidizing commercial actors like Justia, and by more research-oriented groups working with legal information such as ITTIG in Italy and Kincho Law's research group at Stanford.

The question is, What now? Obviously, lots of people can now pile up caselaw and lots of people will. How can we make these individual collections more interoperable, accessible, and open to the public in ways that promote understanding as well as access?

This session will showcase technologies and techniques that look like promising foundations for an integrated legal information infosphere. Bruce will demonstrate the LII's new and sometimes-worked-on OAI4Courts project, and a new infrastructural toy called Citer. Masters will show some text-hackery related to use of the public.resource.org archive.

Relevant technologies: OAI-PMH, XML, Ruby on Rails

Elmer's Presentation

Thomas Bruce
Director, Legal Information Institute
Cornell Law School

Elmer Robert Masters
Director of Internet Development
CALI

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