8.6. Possible extensions of the DIAL facilities and expertise
Once the DIAL facility exists on a permanent basis, both the personnel involved
in its operation, and aspects of the facility itself, could facilitate other
types of projects which may become relevant to the Bank or particular DMCs.
Many DMCs only have a very limited range of legal materials available via the
Internet, if any. The DIAL personnel and facilities could assist in making a
country's materials available in at least the three ways specified below.
DIAL personnel could provide in-country assistance in setting up an Internet
server to provide access to local legal materials. Any DIAL host will have
expertise in the use of at least one set of hardware and software suitable for
the task, and perhaps ownership of some of the relevant software, so they
should be able to provide such consultancy in an efficient way. A number of
public legal information institutes have already provided their services to
assist in the setting up of similar facilities in other countries.
DIAL already provides some assistance to countries which have a low level of
expertise in operation of Internet facilities. If any country can at least
provide its legislation on the web in simple HTML form, then that legislation
can be made searchable using DIAL Search. The local web pages could then
include a search form which is in fact a search over DIAL Search.
In some cases, running any type of Internet server in a country for purposes of
providing legal information might not be technically or financially feasible at
present. In such cases, the DIAL host could act as an interim host for a
collection of laws from that country.