A world-wide architecture for free access to law
... and beyond: WorldLII?
'Quality' or 'standards-based' legal information
open to providers of public legal information conforming to a minimal set of standards a higher quality alternative to standard web-spider search engines (such as World Law)
Public Legal Information Institutes (pLIIs)
'Summit' meeting of pLIIs (Cornell, July 2000) - LII Workshop on Emerging Global Public Legal Information Standards Andrew Mowbray and Philip Chung represented AustLII, and will be building part of the WordLII architecture, as will Tom Bruce of Cornell LII and others Four or five pLIIs from around the world will be involved initially, including Cornell, AustLII, LexUM and Wits.
Elements of the proposed WorldLII
One or more 'wordlii.org' search interfaces Users do not need to know where databases are located Users can select combinations of databases irrespective of location Citations to cases and legislation will be cross-linked across collections A distributed search system using query mediators (diagram by Tom Bruce) searches from a WorldLII site will search multiple collections supports multiple search engines / platforms (index servers) Query Mediators (QMs) translate searches from a WorldLII site into syntax understood by multiple index servers 'URL in, XML out' - interfaces will rank and sort results A distributed citation resolver (diagram by Philip Chung)
- dynamically generated links
- multiple citations
- uses both rules and citation tables
- supports cross-system browsing
- supports multi-system case 'noteups'
WorldLII + World Law = One global architecture?
WordLII to provide higher quality searching of standards-based collections World Law's web spider to make 'the rest' searchable as best it can The limited search scope filters in World Law could filter results from both WorldLII and World Law collections This is just one possible approach - others will emerge