Chapter 8 - Development of permanent DIAL facilities
- The Bank should allow, in any follow-on RETA, for a completion stage of
one year for the DIAL facilities, with allowance for funds to be rolled over
into a second year in the event of delays.
- The Bank should allow up to an additional year and additional funds for
the completion stage if a new host and new equivalent software is required.
- The Bank should allow for some level of funding for the production system
stage of the project until full `stakeholder' funding is obtained. Bank funding
should be provided for some years at a diminishing rate while stakeholder
funding is phased in.
- The Bank should give consideration to providing a small amount of funding
for the maintenance of the existing prototype system until a decision is made
by the Bank concerning a follow-on RETA, and the RETA commences.
- The most suitable location for the DIAL facility will be in the
Asia-Pacific region, such as in North America, Australasia, Hong Kong,
Singapore or the Philippines.
- The DIAL host should be situated on a high bandwidth link (at least T1
standard - 1.5 Mbps) to Internet backbones within the country in which it is
- If and when necessary, consideration should be given to providing DIAL
mirror sites in North America and elsewhere.
- The Bank is most likely to find a suitable operator for a permanent DIAL
facility among University-based `public legal information institutes'.
- If the Bank decides to establish a new `start-up' DIAL system in an
academic environment, it should allow $300,000 - $400,000 for the completion
phase, plus the Bank's costs in finding an appropriate alternative host.
- If the Bank decides to locate DIAL at another existing public legal
information institute (not the prototype host), it should allow $250,000 -
$350,000 for the completion phase, plus the Bank's costs in finding an
appropriate alternative host.
- If the Bank decides to continue the development of DIAL at the prototype
host, AustLII , it should allow $200,000 - $230,000 for the completion phase.
- The Bank should support the adoption of a `stakeholder model' as the means
of long term funding for DIAL, and should assist the DIAL host in the
identification and contacting of stakeholders.
- If the Bank supports a `stakeholder model' as the means of ongoing funding
of DIAL, the Bank should pay a portion of the ongoing `production system' costs
for some years while the stakeholder support is being built up and phased in.
- If DIAL is located at a public legal information institute (AustLII or
otherwise), the estimated annual cost for the `production system' phase is
$120,000 - $150,000. The Bank should pay a portion diminishing over successive
years, for example payments of $70,000, $50,000 and $30,000 over the first
three years of the production system.
- The Bank should consider providing at least $100,000 for the costs of
assisting user access in DMCs, if assistance is to be given to at least seven
- At an appropriate time, the Bank should consider funding a SSTA to examine
and report on how the Bank could capitalise on past and future TAs which deal
with legal information facilities in individual DMCs, to ensure that the legal
information of each DMC is available via the internet if possible. Such a SSTA
should include examination of how such information can be made available for
free access or low cost access, at least to users in other DMCs.