Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Free legal resources

I suspect that we are all looking for valuable, reputable free legal resources - either for our patrons or for our own use. Have you been watching Carl Malamud (http://www.public.resource.org/) and his work making public information (like case law) available to the PUBLIC? And trying to have PACER charges removed? (I read that the PACER office is running a $150 million SURPLUS thanks to all those eight cent charges!)



Here's another bit of news along those lines:



from MOTHER JONES - By slipping a simple, three-sentence provision into the gargantuan spending bill passed by the House of Representatives last week, a congressman from Silicon Valley is trying to nudge Congress into the 21st Century. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) placed a measure in the bill directing Congress and its affiliated organs—including the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office—to make its data available to the public in raw form. This will enable members of the public and watchdog groups to craft websites and databases showcasing government data that are more user-friendly than the government's own."

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