Professor Richard Leiter of the University of Nebraska College of Law has posted a summary of his new research project, entitled A New Mode of Full-text Case Retrieval – a work in progress, on his blog, The Life of Books.
In this post, Professor Leiter explains his idea for a new information retrieval system for U.S. judicial decisions. The system would contain metadata (and possibly full text) for selected, authoritative cases — “leading cases” — identified by the frequency with which they are cited in law journal articles. The citation counts would be determined by text mining software, which would be run on large full-text law journal collections, such as the HeinOnline Law Journal Library.
An interesting discussion of the project has begun in the comments to the post.
Professor Leiter is conducting this research as a fellow at the Harvard Law School Library.
For more information, please see the post.
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