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An independent source is needed

Why is an independent provider like AustLII necessary once 'official' sites provide free access?

  • Benefits of searching all sources with one search
  • Greater dissemination due to high turnover
  • AustLII provides different forms of value adding from 'official' sites 
    - different classes of users need different data
    - only competition can ensure increasing quality in value adding
  • An independent source helps guarantee 
    - that free access continues
    - that free access is not second rate access
    - that commercial publishers also obtain free access
  • 'Official' provision of free access is desirable, but not enough

    Graham Greenleaf