Dr. Hughes-Jean Vibert of Institut für Rechtsinformatik, Universität des Saarlandes, and Kerry Anderson of the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII), have posted JurisPedia: Perspectives, on the VoxPopuLII blog, published by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.
In this post, the authors describe JurisPedia, the free, international, multilingual, crowdsourced legal encyclopedia, and how it applies principles of crowdsourcing to legal information in many countries. The post describes the development of the English-language version of JurisPedia and its hosting by the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) and then the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII).
The authors describe the motivating principles of JurisPedia — particularly the principle of shared law — the potential tension between inclusiveness and quality control, and the service’s Creative Commons license. The post tells of the recent addition to JurisPedia of Google Custom Search functionality enabling searching of the laws of 80 countries. Finally, the authors discuss how JurisPedia provides legal information in multiple languages to individuals in particular nations, and how JurisPedia can ease ordinary citizens’ access to the laws of most countries of the world.
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