Posts Tagged: Free access to law

Free Law Compliance Project: The Law.Gov Legal Bug Tracker

The Legal Bug Tracker — an open source database of the National Inventory of Legal Materials — for recording instances in which U.S. jurisdictions do not conform to the free access to law principles advanced by the legal open government data movement — is now operating, according to a recent post by Carl MalamudRead… Read more »

European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015

The European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 has been posted. The plan includes several legal informatics components, including eSignatures, eIdentity, and online access to laws. Click here for a review of the plan by Andrea Di Maio of Gartner. HT Jacques Raybaut.

New, Free Open Access to Law Site for India: Legal Information Institute of India

The Legal Information Institute of India: LIIofIndia is now available. Here’s a description from Teresa Miguel of the Yale Law School Library. According to Miguel, LIIofIndia provides free access to full text of primary and secondary legal resources, and: has 50 databases, including over 300,000 decisions from 37 Courts and Tribunals, Indian national legislation fromRead… Read more » Receives Substantial Grant

Google, Inc. has provided a grant of $2 million to Public.Resource.Org to fund the legal open government data project. The grant is given as part of Google’s Project 10^100. Click here for Carl Malamud’s announcement of the grant. Click here for more information about

Malamud on & Reforming Government IT

Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org discussed the legal open government data project with Hari Sreenivasan on PBS NewsHour on 8 September 2010. Carl also gave the keynote address, about reform of U.S. federal government information technology (IT) practices, at the 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit on 7 September 2010. Carl’s keynote may be of particular interestRead… Read more »

New Report: Free Access to Law: Is It Here to Stay? Environmental Scan Report

A new report on the free access to law movement, entitled Free Access to Law: Is It Here to Stay? Environmental Scan Report (2010) [URL updated 7 March 2011], has been published by a research team including the following members: Project Director – LexUM: Ivan Mokanov Director of LexUM: Daniel Poulin Research Coordinator – LexUM:Read… Read more »

FCC Releases API for License Data

The U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has released application programming interfaces (APIs) for four of its data collections, including FCC licensing data, through the License View API. Respecting the licensing data, the Commission’s instructional page says: The FCC issues licenses for use of the nation’s airwaves and other purposes. License View API provides snapshots suchRead… Read more »

Yu on Bringing Open Government to Courts

An interview has been posted with Harlan Yu of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), about the development of RECAP, the controversy over charging fees for access to court records through PACER, privacy respecting court records, the legal open government data project, Mr. Yu’s Ph.D. research, and his presentation entitled GovernmentRead… Read more »

National Broadband Plan Endorses Free Access to Law

Free online access to U.S. federal legal information has been recommended in the National Broadband Plan released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on March 16, 2010. The Plan’s recommendation 15.1 seems consistent with the principles of the legal open government data movement: Recommendation 15.1: The primary legal documents of the federal government shouldRead… Read more »