Law.Gov: America’s Operating System, Open Source

Carl Malamud (public.resource.org) just posted on Radar O’Reilly about Law.Gov: America’s Operating System.  Carl writes:

Public.Resource.Org is very pleased to announce that we’re going to be working with a distinguished group of colleagues from across the country to create a solid business plan, technical specs, and enabling legislation for the federal government to create Law.Gov. We envision Law.Gov as a distributed, open source, authenticated registry and repository of all primary legal materials in the United States. More details on the effort are available on our Law.Gov page.

To kickstart this amazing effort, Carl and his co-conveners will be hosting a series of workshops.  After these workshops, he plans to submit a report to the law makers in DC, and Carl also welcomes others to contribute reports, findings, etc.  Collaboration between the legal and open source world should shed new light and hopefully help answer how to best serve and provide this content.

The Law.gov site features supportive responses from both Andrew McLaughlin (Deputy CTO) and Senator Lieberman.   Also available on the Law.gov site is Carl’s call to action at the Gov 2.0 Summit (September 2009) hosted by Tim O’Reilly.

The co-conveners include legal and technology all-stars (such as Pamela Samuelson, Jonathan Zittrain, Larry Lessig, Tim Wu, Ed Felten, Tim O’Reilly and John Podesta, to name just a few).    This should be an interesting and exciting year.

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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