“Cranch Project” Launched by the District of Columbia Council to Create Open-Source, State-Level Code

The “Cranch Project” has been launched by the Council of the District of Columbia “to create the nation’s first UELMA[Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act]-compliant, open-source, state-level Code of Laws.”

For some news/commentary please see here.

Hat tip to Law Librarians.

New Legal Bug Tracker Tool: Call for Debugging Help

Our friend — and technologist, author, public domain advocate, currently known for his foundation public.resource.org and as a leader in the Law.gov effort to bring online all primary legal source materials (cases, constitutions, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes) for open public access — Carl Malamud is calling for help to debug the new Law.gov open source NILM (National Inventory of Legal Materials) Legal Bug Tracker tool:

Help us debug the Legal Bug Tracker

Learning for Free: Open Access to College Texts

The Los Angeles Times has a nice piece on the open-source movement as it relates to online college text books.

“Free Digital Texts Begin to Challenge Costly College Textbooks in California,” discusses recent developments in allowing access to scholarly texts.

Open Access and Open Source as Complementary…

It would seem helpful to also keep in mind the complementary nature of the Open Access and Open Source movements. (I have just recently converted my laptop to Ubuntu (which can be translated as “humanity toward others”), an Open Source, Linux-based product aimed at “providing an up-to-date yet stable operating system for the average user and having a strong focus on usability and ease of installation.”)

-George Wilson