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Law.gov – America’s Operating System Open Source

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Law.gov – America’s Operating System Open Source
http://public.resource.org/law.gov/

Law.Gov is an effort to create a report documenting exactly what it would take to create a distributed registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States. By primary legal materials, we mean all materials that have the force of law and are part of the law-making process, including: briefs and opinions from the judiciary; reports, hearings, and laws from the legislative branch; and regulations, audits, grants, and other materials from the executive branch. Creating the system from open source software building blocks will allow states and municipalities to make their materials available as well. Law.Gov would be similar to Data.Gov, providing bulk data and feeds to commercial, non-commercial, and governmental organizations wishing to build web sites, operate legal information services, or otherwise use the raw materials of our democracy. Anybody who cares to submit concurring opinions, dissenting opinions, appendices, specifications, or others materials to this report will be invited to do so. It is understood that on a subject as complex as the functioning of our system of justice and our system of legal education there will be many views, and our hope in this process is to stimulate a robust discussion and dialogue on how to move our legal system forward. Can an effort of workshops, a report, and briefings spur real change in Washington, D.C.? We won’t know if we don’t try. This is an opportunity for citizens to help change the way we distribute America’s Operating System. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™’ Information Blog. This has been added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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