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Improving a global research network of free access providers of legal information: Synchronisation, stability, redundancy, load balancing and shared metadata

Funding: 2005: $50,000
2006: $50,000

Project Member(s): Mowbray, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Special Research Initiatives)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2005

Summary: High quality legal research must increasingly be global and comparative. Australian researchers have led development of an international consortium of University-based free-access providers of legal information that rival commercial sources, and run one of the hubs of its network (WorldLII). This project will develop a set of tools which can be deployed by all Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) in or joining the network to provide synchronisation, stability, redundancy and load balancing for each LII, improving network reliability and speed. Provisions for shared metadata will facilitate the development of high quality research tools which will benefit all areas of law.

Keywords: computerisation of law, legal research, law, hypertext, information retrieval,

FOR Codes: Information services not elsewhere classified, Justice and the law not elsewhere classified, International relations not elsewhere classified, Records and Information Management (excl. Business Records and Information Management), Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified, Global Information Systems