1.4. Structure of this Report
The potential and problems of legal research on the Internet are first
discussed (Chapter 2), including an outline of the current range and future
potential of the `world law library' on the Internet, and an analysis of why it
is difficult to find legal information on the Internet with the research tools
available at present. This analysis suggests the types of facilities that it
would be valuable to develop for Project DIAL. The `demand side' of Project
DIAL is then addressed (Chapter 3), including an account of the extent of
access to the Internet in the Bank's DMCs generally, and the seven countries
selected for a sample study in particular. An assessment is made of the legal
information needs of the project's main intended audience (`legislative
personnel') in the seven sample countries, and the extent to which the proposed
DIAL facilities could meet those needs. Impediments to access are described,
and suggestions made as to how they could be addressed.
Chapters 4-7 give a detailed account of the Project DIAL prototype, the reasons
behind its design, and how it could be developed further into a permanent
facility which would facilitate world-wide legal research that would meet the
needs of DIAL's intended audiences.
The Report concludes with an analysis of the institutional structures and
financial and other resources which would be required in order to make Project
DIAL a permanent, sustainable facility.