5.8. Recommendations arising from this Chapter
In any follow-on RETA, the following should be regarded as desirable
characteristics of the system to be developed:
- Embedded searches on the same topic over DIAL Search Libraries can can
make it possible to develop rapidly a basic level of Development Law Subject
pages in DIAL Index, provided that an extensive range of treaties, law reform
reports etc is added to DIAL Search. In short, the expansion of DIAL Search can
make it possible to develop rapidly a basic level of DIAL Index pages.
- Two levels of Development Law Subject pages should be undertaken: standard
(relying to a large extent on embedded DIAL Searches), and comprehensive
(involving in addition the country-by-country indexing of legislation, law
reform reports etc). Work on the development of standard pages can then
progress systematically across a wide list of subject headings.
- A limited range of topics for development of comprehensive Development
Law Subject pages should then be chosen based perhaps on factors such as (i)
a priority need for such information, based on the known legislative agendas
of DMCs; (ii) the Bank's priority areas for development law reform; (iii) the
information needs of particular development projects funded by the Bank; (iv)
requests received in relation to the information needs of other particular
projects, whether by national governments, other development funding agencies,
NGOs or otherwise.
- A suitable legal thesaurus should be identified and obtained,
accommodating both common law and civil law terminology, to assist in
consistent construction of subject headings and terms for embedded searches.
- An investigation should be made of automatically converting every term in
a selected thesaurus into a DIAL Search for that word or phrase, so as to
assist in rapid construction of basic Development Law Subject pages.