Comments on: Big news in the free law department http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/ Blog, news, books Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:34:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: sam hunting http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13712 Sat, 01 Mar 2008 17:52:48 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13712 I would like to stress the importance, for free access to this material, of RESTful systems of online citation, such as that proposed by the AAAL and implemented by Precydent.

Translated, this is a plea for the ability to “cite to” a web page using the URL, as in the following example from Precydent:

1) The official vendor-based URL: http://www.precydent.com/decision.html?volume=158&reporter=F.3d&page=674
2) The neutral citation-based URL: http://www.precydent.com/decision.html?year=1998&court=US App (2nd)&number=494

If legal subject matter is exposed by a human readable URI, as above, and not hidden behind an incomprehensible, machine generated ID or, worse, hidden behind a search form, that makes it easier for humans to know where they are going before they click on the link, and makes it orders of magnitude easier to retrofit existing content with embedded citations to leverage these new open sources. (That is, it is a good deal easier, in an editorial context, to map 158 F.2d 674 to … ?volume=158&reporter=F.3d&page=674 than to …. 124123124.asp (to invent a random example).

To underline, this is not a plea for a uniform system of online citation; only for a RESTful one.

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By: colin http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13711 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:31:45 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13711 Thank you for starting the Legal Commons with Carl et al

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By: Jordan Hatcher http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13710 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 15:42:22 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13710 I thought CCZero was still in beta and was a draft for discussion and therefore not being used at the moment…

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By: LaVern Pritchard http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13709 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:12:17 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13709 Congratulations times three.

P.S. Is anyone going to apply public domain cites for these cases?

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By: Tim Stanley http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13708 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 22:49:34 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13708 Thank you for starting the Legal Commons with Carl et al! Peace – Tim

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By: Kenneth Berland http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13707 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:37:34 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13707 Index now contains all the data from http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2.tar.bz2 http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F3.tar.bz2 and http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US.tar.bz2

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By: Seth http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13706 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 04:20:49 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13706 Wow, that was fast, very cool, Mr. Berland.

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By: Kenneth Berland http://www.lessig.org/2008/02/big-news-in-the-free-law-depar/#comment-13705 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 04:00:06 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/big_news_in_the_free_law_depar.html#comment-13705 http://new.hero.com:8080/luceneweb/

Just whipped up a quick search engine for the Federal Reporter, Third Series. I used apache/tomcat/lucene. The query language allows use of “+” and “-” to require words. e.g., “+berland +stagg” returns the only document with occurrences of both berland and stagg. Similarly, “+berland -stagg” returns the rest, without the one.

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