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Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS): New, Free, Legal Research Database

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Give a big welcome to a (relatively) new entrant in the Oregon legal research database field of players: Oregon Laws dot org. It’s a legal research database designed and powered by law students (our future!). I like it so far – and its associated blog too.

The owners solicit feedback, which I’m sure they’ll get from law librarians on issues of authentication, PURLs, archives, and more – oh my (law librarians always have something to say, and we’re always glad to see new entries into the Legal Information to the Public arena).

Lawyers might have other things to add, including our friends at PLoL and Justia and Public Resource, all very public spirited, like librarians.

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One response to “Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS): New, Free, Legal Research Database”

  1. Robb says:

    Thanks for the writeup, Laura! You raise some good issues that we’ve been thinking about as well:

    Every web page cites the source of its info with a hyperlink to appropriate page on the Oregon Legislature website, and a “last accessed” annotation.

    We also totally think PURLs are important. We’re creating them for every entity in the ORS, and basing an open API on top of it. For example:

    List of all Volumes in HTML:
    http://oregonlaws.org/ors_volumes

    List of all Volumes in XML:
    http://oregonlaws.org/ors_volumes.xml

    Volume 7 in HTML:
    http://oregonlaws.org/ors_volumes/7

    Volume 7 in XML:
    http://oregonlaws.org/ors_volumes/7.xml

    And just this week, we had the idea to implement a sort of “Internet Archive” time-machine view of the data: to be able to go back in time and see what the statutes looked like when a particular case was decided, for example.

    Thanks again,
    Robb

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