Free and Open Law

Topic Modelling: Taxonomic Panacea or Another Heartbreaking Detour on the Road to Free and Open Law?

Why isn't there a free and open taxonomy for law like MeSH for medicine? Is it now possible to reverse engineer one using topic modelling software?

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06/16/2016 - 13:00-06/16/2016 - 14:00
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346

Archiving SCOTUS links

The importance of solving the link rot and research rot problems present in almost half of Supreme Court cited urls has been discussed in law review articles written published in Yale and Harvard law journals and mentioned in the New York Times. And starting this term, the SCOTUS website has direct links to the urls. However, many of these links do not contain the same information as was cited by the Court.

The WeCite Project: How the Movement to Free the Law is Teaching Law Students to Understand Case Relationships

Cite-checking a case before you rely on it is an essential part of legal research. Consequently, efforts to make legal research more accessible and egalitarian need to work toward not only making the law free, but also creating a free, reliable citator. Casetext, a free legal research and publishing platform, is leveraging technology and crowdsourcing to overcome this hurdle in free access to the law. This session will explain in-depth our approach to building this free citator, and how we’re engaging law students, librarians, and research instructors as key partners in this movement.

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06/16/2016 - 10:30-06/16/2016 - 11:30
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346

Software management and large digital archives

Panelists:  Wei Fang, Sylvia Kwakye, Jack Cushman

Moderator:  Wilhelmina Randtke

This panel will discuss software management and particularly managing large digital systems over time.  Panelists work with long running digital collections in academic law schools.  Beyond interfaces, panelists work with code, and beyond code, they handle digital objects and records over time.

Come learn about the inner workings and back end of large digital archives from panelists:

Session Time Slot(s): 
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06/17/2016 - 14:30-06/17/2016 - 15:30
Room: 
346

Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine

This session will showcase the "Supreme Court Citation Networks" tool, the product of a collaboration between Free Law Project and the Supreme Court Mapping Project at the University of Baltimore.  This web-based and open-source tool allows users to create, annotate, and share maps of SCOTUS precedent.

Session Time Slot(s): 
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06/17/2016 - 10:30-06/17/2016 - 11:30
Room: 
346
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