[LINK] OzIT: 'Legal database expands to Asia'
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Dec 12 07:14:03 AEDT 2006
Legal database expands to Asia
The Australian IT Section
DECEMBER 12, 2006
AN Australian vision to provide free public access to law resources
over the internet continues to spread with the launch of the Asian
Legal Information Institute, a gateway that allows simultaneous
searching of more than 100 databases.
AsianLII, the latest LII to be spun off from the Australasian Legal
Information Institute (AustLII), allows users to search national
databases containing legislation, case-law, law reform reports and
legal journals from 27 countries.
The website, www.asianlii.org, gives visitors unprecedented access to
resources from the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Mongolia
and East Timor through partner institutions.
AustLII co-director Graham Greenleaf says the initial version uses
English-language databases as a common linguistic platform, although
national and local language resources will be added over time.
"Getting a search engine to work efficiently over a multiplicity of
Asian languages is a complex matter," Professor Greenleaf said.
AustLII began developing its own search engine, markup and database
software more than a decade ago. Along the way, it found others were
interested in the concept, and AustLII began offering its resources
to other free access legal groups.
Today it co-ordinates a host of like-minded sites, including WorldLII
"Once we get enough technical co-operation going, we help people set
up servers and install our software, then we provide training and
support for as long as it's needed," Professor Greenleaf said. "This
is a development tool that lets people in developing countries go
online and find models for legislation and law reform that they can
use, and it's free."
AustLII co-directors Andrew Mowbray, who developed the search engine,
Sino, and Philip Chung, who managed interfacing issues associated
with Asian double-byte languages and non-standard, continue to refine
and deploy the system.
This week, they are in Johannesburg to help transform the
four-year-old South African LII into a regional site covering 16
English-speaking countries in southern and eastern Africa.
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