7.1. General concept of DIALogue
The general concept of the DIALogue component of Project DIAL is that
of using the Internet to provide to those involved in the development of
legislation in Member Countries of the Bank (particularly in Developing Member
Countries) a free (or, possibly, low-cost) means of obtaining some level of
guidance on development law issues from eminent Panelists with experience in
various areas of development law, as well as possibly obtaining assistance from
other Authorised User of the facility. It was also intended to help those
involved in the development of legislation in Member Countries to find and make
contact with potential consultants on development law, which may lead to
valuable ongoing contact independent of the DIALogue facilities.
The DIALogue facility is intended to provide an easy-to-use interface
(using the World-Wide-Web) to what is essentially an e-mail based facility. It
is intended to make it easy for Authorised Users to identity sources of
possible advice, and provide access to those sources in an automated fashion.
Whereas DIAL Index and DIAL Search are like trying to use a Law Library by
yourself, DIALogue is more akin to turning to a Reference Librarian for
assistance. The difference is that you can ask many Reference Librarians at the
same time, and other users of the Library as well, without being asked to leave
The DIALogue prototype has only been available since 1 December 1997, and has
not received any significant testing as yet.