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INT-LAW  December 2008, Week 1

INT-LAW December 2008, Week 1

Subject:

LawCite - An international free access citator

From:

Graham Greenleaf <[log in to unmask]>

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International Law Librarians List (Int-Law)

Date:

Tue, 2 Dec 2008 22:47:55 +1100

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Dear INT-lawyers,

Further to my earlier email, the Australasian 
Legal Information Institute (AustLII) is very 
pleased to announce that last night (1 December), 
Justice Michael Kirby of Australia's High Court 
also launched AustLII's new LawCite citator, an 
international free access case citator.

The alpha version of LawCite is at 
<http://www.austlii.edu.au/lawcite/>. We are 
releasing it for trial public use although it is 
not yet completed, but is nevertheless useful. We 
would like to obtain feedback in order to assist 
us to improve its utility.

There are over two million cases for which 
LawCite holds citation records at present. This 
number is expected to increase very significantly 
as LawCite develops. It also includes early 
development of a law journal article citator, 
tracking citations of journal articles in both 
cases and other articles.

LawCite is constructed solely by automated means, 
by the extraction of citation information from 
the content of legal information institutes, 
available through the cooperation of the Free 
Access to Law Movement.  It is an international 
citator, provides citation records for cases 
decided by courts in at least 50 countries 
(though with considerably varying coverage).  It 
therefore also includes numerous citations of 
cases by courts in jurisdictions other than the 
one in which the case was decided.

LawCite data will be available to other LIIs to 
republish on their systems if they wish to.

Lawcite does not include editorial judgments of 
whether a case was distinguished, reversed, etc 
by subsequent cases. It concentrates on 
demonstrating the patterns of case citation, and 
also provides parallel citations for cases.

It is easy to use - some notes on usage are 
below. Numerous built-in heuristics make it 
surprisingly tolerant of incomplete citations and 
spelling errors.

No free access citator has previously been 
available for Australian law, or for many of the 
other countries covered by LawCite.

LawCite has been developed primarily by AustLII Co-Director Andrew Mowbray.

Regards,

Graham


Some notes on using LawCite:
----------------------------

     * Search for a case of interest by the names 
of the parties (in two fields), a citation (eg 
'175 CLR 1') or other data (see search form).
     * From the list of search results, choose the 
case that best matches your search. Citation 
information for that case is then displayed.
     * Alternative (parallel) citations for the 
case are displayed with its title.
     * LawCite provides [Legislation Cited] [Cases 
Cited] [Cases Referring to this Case] and [Law 
Journal Articles Referring to this Case] for each 
case for which it holds information.
     * In 'Cases Referring to this Case' the 
default presentation of results is reverse 
chronological order (ie most recent case citing 
the case in question is presented first).
      * By clicking on the following column 
headings you can change the order of citation 
listing:
- Case Name  (sorted alphabetically);
- Citations   (sorted by citation - in effect, 
grouped by year, and then by court);
- Court  (grouped by Court);
- Jurisdiction   (grouped by jurisdiction)
- Date (sorted by date);
- Citation Index (sorted by citation frequency, 
most frequently cited cases first). Whichever 
ranking method is currently in use has the symbol 
'  ' next to it.


-- 
--
Graham Greenleaf
Professor of Law
Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052  Australia (UNSW CRICOS Provider No: 00098G)
Co-Director, Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
Co-Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business International

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