Challenges Ahead for the Free Legal Web
There is, it seems, something of a dichotomy between thought and action when discussing the Free Legal Web; the idea itself is remarkably (even brilliantly) simple, but any possible implementation plan, at first blush, looks to be hopelessly complex. I should quickly add that I am a firm supporter of the idea in principle, and I imagine most of you reading this will be too. So it comes down to how thought will be translated into action. The core issues to be discussed at Barcamp go to the heart of this, and to my mind the most troublesome challenges ahead are:
- Data access issues — What resources are available and what are the barriers to their re-use?
- Editorial/UGC issues — For whom/by whom? Accuracy and authenticity? An “acceptable bargain”?
I am looking forward to seeing how those challenges can be met, and overcome. Oh, and has anyone thought of a name as yet? My unimaginative, tired brain suggested ‘Legalpedia’, but a domain name search reveals the suggestion is not an original one. ‘Lawpus’ (a conflation of ‘Law’ and ‘Corpus’) is available, but it doesn’t quite have the right ring to it…