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9 Jul 2012, 8:05 pm by legalinformatics
Karen Suhaka of LegiNation and Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack gave a “lightning talk” presentation entitled Legislative Transparency: A Round Up of Efforts and Results to Date (featuring this GoogleDoc spreadsheet on Open Gov Business Models) at IOGDC 2012 Virtual Conference: International Open Government Data Conference, 7 July 2012. Part of the presentation concerned descriptions and examples of several different business models for using or reusing legislative and other government data. The… [read post]
11 Oct 2011, 5:01 am by Ashley Moye
Image from Interested in open government law and practice?  Curious about the rights of reporters and other citizens to see government information and be allowed to attend meetings at both the state and local level?  Check out the freely available Open Government Guide, published by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Written in a standard outline format by volunteer attorneys, easily navigated through a tree on the left with content displaying on your main screen, this… [read post]
27 May 2013, 1:29 pm by legalinformatics
Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack has posted Open Government Data Maturity Model as part of his book, Open Government Data. Here is the description of the model: We live in a resource-constrained world where it is important to consider not just what we want, i.e. the principles of open government data, but also what we are willing to give up to get it. This chart provides a road map for deciding between the many aspects of open government data. [...] The model is expressed in an expandable interactive… [read post]
13 Mar 2013, 11:06 pm by legalinformatics
Sunlight Foundation has made publicly available its OpenStates Legislative Data Report Card, which grades U.S. states on how their “legislatures make their data publicly available.” James Turk describes the service in a new post entitled Open States: Transparency Report Card, at Sunlight Foundation Blog. Here is an excerpt: [...] How could we derive a measure of how “open” a state’s legislative data was? After some consideration, we came up with six criteria on which… [read post]
14 Nov 2013, 9:42 pm by legalinformatics
Open legal data was the focus of the Open Government Chicago Meetup held 14 November 2013, entitled Process and Products Around the Chicago Municipal Code. Click here for video of the event (HT Dan O’Neil). Click here for the full agenda. At this event, Carl Malamud gave a talk entitled The Virtuous Pipeline of Code, which many are discussing. Some tweets from the event are in the streams of @opengovchicago, @danxoneil, and @FoundOpenGov, and at hashtag #opengovchicago Click here for a storify… [read post]
6 Sep 2013, 12:09 am by legalinformatics
A symposium on Legal Open Document and Data will be held 7 September 2013 in Ravenna, Italy, as part of the LEX Summer School 2013. Here is the agenda: Knud Erik Petersen and Søren Broberg: Producing legal information Marianne Sidler: Switzerland COP Project Fabiani Claudio: XML-ization projects into European Parliament Elena F. Candia: Working with Linked Open Data Carlo Marchetti: Strategies and projects of the Italian Senate based on open standards for fostering transparency,… [read post]
5 Feb 2013, 7:52 pm by legalinformatics
Sarah Glassmeyer, JD, MLS, of CALI has launched Free Law Users Group, on the pbworks platform. Here is the description: This group is for sharing news and developments in the Free Law world. Primarily it will serve as a conduit for connecting librarians to the law tech and developer communities, in the hope that librarians will be able to increase involvement and share their skills and knowledge. It is also hoped that individuals in the Free Law, Open Law and Open Gov developer worlds will join in… [read post]
23 Aug 2013, 10:11 am by legalinformatics
Joshua Tauberer, Eric Mill, Jonathan Gray, Ellen Miller, and Joseph Lorenzo Hall, have written a new guidance document for U.S. federal agencies, entitled Open Government Data: Best-Practices Language for Making Data “License-Free”. Josh describes this document in his new post: Guidance: Federal agencies can make their data “license-free”. Here are excerpts from the document: Public government data is becoming an increasingly important part of the modern free press,… [read post]
3 Apr 2011, 11:02 pm by Mark Radcliffe
This year has seen an increasing focus on the use by free and open source software (“FOSS”) by governments with recent announcements by the UK, the Australian Federal Government and NASA.  FOSS projects and companies need to be aware of these efforts because of the scope of the opportunity to transform government and provide less expensive software infrastructure to government. Governments are also a very large market for software. Yet governments continue to be hampered by their habits of… [read post]
9 Aug 2012, 9:45 pm by legalinformatics
Harlan Yu of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), and David G. Robinson of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School have published The New Ambiguity of “Open Government” , UCLA Law Review Discourse , 59, 178-208 (2012). Here is a summary: The popular term “open government data” is, therefore, deeply ambiguous—it might mean either of two very different things. If “open government” is a phrase that modifies the noun “data,” we are… [read post]
15 Apr 2012, 10:46 am by legalinformatics
Dr. Joshua Tauberer of GovTrack has published Open Government Data: The Book (Civic Impulse LLC, 2012). The book is available in a free Web version, as a for-fee Kindle ebook, and as a for-fee print book from Lulu. Here is the abstract: This book is about the principles behind the open government data movement and its development in the United States. The movement is framed as the application of Big Data to civics, where Big Data is not just the size of data but the ability for data to change the… [read post]
17 Jun 2013, 7:04 pm by legalinformatics
The UK Open Data Institute has launched Open Data Certificates, and, the UK Government’s official online legislative information service, will be implementing them, according to the ODI announcement. “Certificates are created online, for free, at“ Click here for a post by Dr. Jeni Tennison, ODI’s Technical Director, about the certificates. Here is a partial description of the certificates, from the announcement: The… [read post]
16 Nov 2010, 6:00 am by Cicely Wilson
Last week, Tim and I had the chance to attend a panel discussion at Stanford titled, “The Open Government Initiative and the Promise of a Transparent Government.” The panel reviewed various U.S. and international initiatives designed to get citizens more engaged with their government via transparency, collaboration and participation. Of particular interest to us, given Justia’s focus on, was listening to the panelists share their thoughts on the challenges faced by groups both in and… [read post]
2 Mar 2012, 8:33 pm by legalinformatics
Harlan Yu of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), and David G. Robinson of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School have posted The New Ambiguity of ‘Open Government’, at SSRN. Here is the abstract: “Open government” used to carry a hard political edge: it referred to politically sensitive disclosures of government information. The phrase was first used in the 1950s, in the debates leading up to passage of the Freedom of Information Act. But… [read post]
21 Feb 2014, 9:52 pm by legalinformatics
Several legal data sets and projects are being worked on at Open Data Day 2014 (also called the International Open Data Hackathon, and Open Data Day Hackathon), being held 22-23 February 2014, at many locations around the world. The main event Website appears to be at The Website for the Washington, DC event is at There appear to be several Twitter hashtags for the event, including: #odd2014 #odd14 #opendataday for events in Italy: #ODDIT14 and… [read post]
22 Feb 2013, 6:23 pm by legalinformatics
The program for Open Data Day DC 2013, also called Open Data Day 2013 Hackathon – DC Metro — to be held 23 February 2013 in Washington, DC, USA — includes at least four legal informatics projects: Contract/Procurement Visualization Sprint ( [...] Open DC Zoning Data (@andrewsalzberg) [...] Parse dates and legal citations from RECAP documents [...] Discover Bill Pedigree The Twitter hashtags for the event appear to be #opendataday #dc If you know of other legal… [read post]
19 Jan 2010, 8:39 pm by legalinformatics
[NOTE: Updated on 23 January 2010 to link to the Google Wave for this workshop, to what appear to be all tweets from the workshop, and to my tweets from the workshop.] A panel (scroll down) about the legal open government data project, will be held 22 January 2010, at the workshop entitled Open Government: Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency, at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Click here to submit questions… [read post]
27 Jan 2010, 3:09 pm by legalinformatics
Videos are now available for all of the workshop panels and the panel from Open Government: Defining, Designing, and Sustaining Transparency (POGW), a workshop held 21-22 January 2010 at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Click here for a summary of the legal-information-related discussion at the workshop. Posted in Applications, Articles and papers, Conference papers, Conference proceedings, Technology developments, Technology tools Tagged: AustLII,… [read post]
15 Apr 2012, 10:32 am by legalinformatics
Dr. Jeni Tennison of TSO has posted UK Open Standards Consultation, on her blog, Jeni’s Musings. In this post, Dr. Tennison responds to the UK Government’s consultation on open standards for government information systems. Dr. Tennison’s post refers frequently to the UK’s free law service,, of which she is a principal developer. Dr. Tennison’s post addresses issues including: The definition of open standards; The criteria a government should use to decide whether to… [read post]
1 Aug 2011, 7:59 am by eve_gray
Farmland outside Matatiele My father was, as was his father before him, a country lawyer in a remote but very beautiful part of South Africa, in the foothills of the Maluti mountains on the border between South Africa and Lesotho. Prominent in his legal office near the Magistrate’s Court were shelves of leather bound volumes of South African statutes, cases, and law reports, which I found impressive, with their gold blocking on red spines. Even back then, South African lawyers were well… [read post]