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RE: are there Legal (Courts, PACER, transcripts, Administrative Law, etc) interests in linked data

From: Tom Heath <Tom.Heath@talis.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 12:22:15 +0100
Message-ID: <DD5E887552496241BC701548837A282F06D2AB3D@nemo.talis.local>
To: "Dwight Hines" <dwighthines@bellsouth.net>, <public-lod@w3.org>

Hi Dwight,

I have no idea if we have any attorneys on this list (if you're out
there, please wave :), but the legal domain would be a great use case
for Linked Data IMHO.

A couple of months back I uploaded a bunch of the XHTML docs from
http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/ into a Talis Platform store with
a view to playing around with them some more, but I didn't yet get as
far as extracting any RDF from them yet, and am unlikely to have the
time any day soon.

However, taking a brief look at the content, there are interesting
people and places in there, so it shouldn't be too hard to extract some
linkable data and at least hook it up to Geonames (and Dbpedia
perhaps?), not to mention all the useful URIs that could be provided by
cases/rulings/whatever (here my legal knowledge runs out).

If you (or anyone else) wanted to have a crack at this, we (Talis) would
be very happy to provide storage/hosting for the resulting data set.

Cheers :)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-lod-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-lod-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Dwight Hines
> Sent: 17 May 2008 12:40
> To: public-lod@w3.org
> Subject: are there Legal (Courts, PACER, transcripts, 
> Administrative Law, etc) interests in linked data
> Do you know if there are any attorneys in the group?  Several 
> years ago, the empirical  legal studies group discussed 
> standardizing databases to make research easier, but I don';t 
> think anyone migrated to linked datasets.
> PACER has all the federal courts online for each circuit and 
> district court and appellate courts.  IT is quite inexpensive 
> and they are not adverse to trying  things.
> The federal courts are  going to be putting transcripts 
> online for all cases and that will be massive word counts.  
> And it will be free.
> Dwight Hines
> St. Augustine, Florida
Received on Monday, 19 May 2008 11:22:58 UTC

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