Subject libraries in free access law services Greenleaf, Graham en_US
dc.contributor.other Rüßmann, Helmut en_US 2021-11-25T15:46:22Z 2021-11-25T15:46:22Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract Free-access Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) like AustLII have an increasing wealth and diversity of legal data, including legislation from numerous jurisdictions, decisions of both general and specialised tribunals, and sometimes law reform reports, law journals, treaties etc. This profusion of content leads to problems in precision of searches. One way commercial publishers have dealt with this, and added value to their content, is by creating subject-specific research facilities on topics such as environmental law, IP, criminal procedure etc. The challenge for free-access LIIs is that any such value-adding cannot involve the high costs of constant editorial intervention, nor the commissioning of subject-specific commentaries. This paper explains experiments by AustLII to create useful subject-specific 'Libraries' in areas of Australian law such as indigenous law, taxation and industrial law, and on international and humanitarian law (on WorldLII). The experiments involve methods of identifying and isolating within databases of general content that which is on specified subjects, by largely automated and repeatable means, particularly the use of approximating searches. Methods of testing the searches used to construct Libraries are suggested. Once a subject-specific Library is created, it can be used as a context to provide access to equally specific content provided by search engines or commercial publishers. Systems like WorldLII which draw together the content of many LIIs pose similar challenges at the international level, but may make possible international comparative law facilities. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-3-938756-61-4 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Juris GmbH en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other virtual databases en_US
dc.subject.other legal information systems en_US
dc.subject.other free access to legal information en_US
dc.title Subject libraries in free access law services en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.accessRights.uri Saarbrücken en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Law & Justice
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 75-93 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartoftitle Festschrift für Gerhard Käfer en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Greenleaf, Graham, Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW en_US School of Law *
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