On 3 February 2013 an additional $10,000 for the Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants — which fund the development of the RECAP project aimed at increasing public access to U.S. federal judicial information — were announced by Stephen Schultze of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.
Here is an excerpt from the announcement:
The generous folks over at Google’s Open Source Programs team have pledged to support two more RECAP-related project awards — at $5,000 each. These are open to anyone who wishes to submit a proposal for a significant improvement to the RECAP system. We will work with the proposers to scope the project and define what qualifies for the award.
There are several potential ideas. For instance, someone might propose add support to RECAP for displaying the user’s current balance and prompting the user to liberate up to their free quarterly $15 allocation as the end of the quarter approaches (inspired by Operation Asymptote). Someone might propose to improve the archive.recapthelaw.org interface, and to improve detection and removal of private information. Someone might propose some other idea that we haven’t thought of. You may wish to watch the discussion of a few of these initial ideas from our developer kickoff session.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Thanks again to the Think Computer Foundation and Google.
These grants are in addition to the original $5,000 in grants sponsored by Think Computer Foundation and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where RECAP was developed.
Tags: #freelaw, Aaron Swartz, Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants, Court decisions, Free access to law, Free law, Judicial decisions, Legal open government data, Open court data, Open judicial data, Open legal data, Operation Asymptote, PACER, Public access to court decisions, Public access to court documents, Public access to judicial decisions, Public access to judicial documents, Public access to judicial information, Public access to legal information, RECAP, RECAP Archive, Stephen Schultze, Steve Schultze