Help us move this forward
I’m disappointed that we have had so little feedback on the FreeLegalWeb pilot service to date as we had real enthusiasm for the initial concept and a good number of subscribers to the original blog, attendees at the BarCamp and signups to the Google group.
Please take just a few minutes to think about the project and how you can engage with it and help promote it and move it forward.
Firstly, please do use the site in earnest for a bit and let us know whether you think it’s a useful service with potential (for lawyer or lay users) and broadly what’s lacking or what you’d like to see from the site. Bear in mind that at this point it’s a pilot site and the principles of the project are more important than the detail of the execution.
Please give us your feedback and thoughts on the project by writing or commenting on the FreeLegalWeb blog and/or your own blog and/or on Twitter. All publicity is good publicity; if we can revive the public discussion about what we want from a free legal web, then that would be a great start. If you need help posting to the site, see the Author Guide.
We put considerable effort into trying to raise funds during 2009 but the tide of austerity turned against us and for the moment we must carry on for the love of it.
I’m more than happy to carry on developing and curating content for the site; it will be easy enough to expand it beyond the initial Housing Law focus, but it’s only worth doing that if I get your feedback and can see where we’re headed.
Robert Casalis at UniRom will continue to maintain the legislation and case law data and make some progress with developing the Citator functions which will join it all up.
Harry Metcalfe and team at the Dextrous Web developed the custom WordPress interface but we’ll need funds to develop the functionality of the site further.
As to the organisation, I’m happy to keep the ship afloat but what we really need is help with networking/marketing/fundraising. Everyone can play their part by engaging in the blogosphere/Twittersphere, but if you’re game to help seriously move this forward or know of anyone who might be interested, let me know.