Great press release from the fed-facing open-source activist site public.resource.org.
The news in the announcement is worth celebrating and well worth the wait: a huge, free, digital archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754!
But what I really like is the last paragraph, explaining how open-source archives circa 2007 are taking the extra step to convert two-dimensional, law record formatted content into the online sphere:
Public.Resource.Org intends to perform an initial transformation on the federal case law archive obtained from Fastcase using open source â€œstarâ€ mapping software, which will allow the insertion of markers that will approximate page breaks based on user-furnished parameters such as page size, margins, and fonts. â€œWikiâ€ technology will be used to allow the public to move around these â€œstarâ€ markers, as well as add summaries, classifications, keywords, alternate numbering systems for citation purposes, and ratings or â€œdiggsâ€ on opinions.