A recent blog entry from the Law Librarians of Congress has detailed some news ways that the US Code can be searched, viewed and downloaded from the Office of Law Revision Council website.
Users can now download section of the code or the entire code in four different formats: XML, XHTML, PCC or PDF. You can also do a bulk download using zip files. For searching and browsing, users can choose to search the entire code or one specific chapter or heading. You can also narrow your search to just one specific kind of entry, such as amendment notes. Possibly best of all for legislative history researchers, you can search either the current code or previous editions of the code.
OLRC’s website can be found here. For more information from the Law Librarians of Congress Blog, read more here.
Badgerlink, a unique Wisconsin resource that provides residents with access to music, scholarly works, newspapers, magazines and much more has recently been redesigned. The sight is much more user-friendly, with resource icons, friendlier colors and an intuitive set-up that makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
Badgerlink is available for free to all Wisconsin residents, and the redesign retains all the great content. All that content has been repackaged in a website that is easy on the eyes, and doesn’t confuse the user. Potentially best of all, the Help materials are easy to find, allowing users to get the assistance they need much more quickly.
Check it out for yourself, and let the Badgerlink team https://www.facebook.com/WisBadgerLink“>know what you think works, and maybe what doesn’t. Overall, a great improvement.
Hein Online has announced a new way for patrons to use their mobile devices to view and share pdfs. Documents on Hein now include a QR code that link straight to that document, and shows up in your tablet’s internet browser.
I tested this out by searching for a Wisconsin Law Review article from 2013 on my desktop. Once I found it, I clicked on the download/print button that I normally would use to either save it to my computer or print. On the download/print page, there is now a QR code that can be scanned by any reader, and the document will open on your device. Very simple, very helpful!
There are a few caveats with the QR Codes. Not all the documents have a QR code associated with them, but that may change in the future. In addition, there isn’t a really easy way to save the documents to your device. You are essentially getting the ability to view the document ‘on-the-fly’, but there isn’t yet an easy way to put the document into offline mode. However, it is great that there isn’t a need to enter a password once the QR code is scanned!
Below are step-by-step directions on how to use the QR codes in Hein Online:
1. Find your article as usual in Hein.
2. Click on the “Print/Download” button (the button with a printer on it)
3. Once on the print/download screen, you will see a QR Code.
4. Scan this QR code with your device (most devices have a QR scanner already installed, but you can find many for free in App Stores).
5. That’s it! You now have the PDF displayed on your device’s screen. You can share, save or read as you like.
QR codes are a great way to get information across in either digital or physical space. It’s great that Hein is making their material that much more easier to access in the digital age.
A little noticed part of the WI Budget Act (Act 20) requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to certify the online version of the Wisconsin Statutes. The online statutes will be considered prima facie evidence of the law–the legal equivalent of the printed statutes.
2013 WI Act 20, section 575L states:
35.18 (2) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
35.18 (2) (b) After making the necessary comparison, the legislative reference bureau shall publish on the Internet, and with each electronic publication of the Wisconsin statutes under sub. (1) (b), a certification that the bureau has compared each section of the Wisconsin statutes published under sub. (1) (b) with the original section of the statutes, or with the original section contained in the enrolled act from which the section was derived, together with all amendments of such original section, if any, and that all the sections appear to be correctly published. The certification shall indicate any electronic file formats in which the statutes are published that do not contain all graphic images and tables due to incompatibility with the electronic file format.
According to Steven Miller, Chief at the LRB, the certification of the online statutes should be happening very soon.
Also coming very soon will be the removal of the “Beta” tag for the ebook version of the Wisconsin Statutes. The statutes are available in both epub or mobi (Kindle) format. Note that the functionality of links to external documents is device-dependent.
I downloaded the mobi file to my Kindle app on my iPad and found that it works very well. It’s nice to have a full version of the statutes that I can access anytime – including when I’m offline. An RSS feed is available to alert me to the latest updates to the Statutes ebook.
Kudos to the LRB for all of the wonderful technological advancements that they are making.
In response to blizzard warnings for Madison and Dane County, Chancellor Biddy Martin has canceled classes and events for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Law Library is closing at 9 pm tonight (Tuesday) and will not be open tomorrow (Wednesday).
From WisBar Inside Track:
The 2009-10 Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations are available in hardcover and softcover versions.
The hardcover book costs $72 plus $7 for shipping; the softcover book costs $58 plus $6 for shipping. Please add applicable tax. Unless exempt by law, all sales are subject to 5 percent state sales tax and, where applicable, 0.5 percent county sales tax and 0.1 percent stadium tax. Prepayment is required for all orders.
To order, send check or money order to the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Document Sales and Distribution Section, 202 S. Thornton Ave., Madison, WI 53707-3037. Payments should be made payable to WI Department of Administration.
Place credit card orders, VISA or MasterCard, by calling (800) 362-7253 or (608) 264-9419.
For more information, call (608) 266-3358.
The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a collection of state publications in PDF format from about 2000 to the present.
The documents made available through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program whose purpose is to preserve and make available a record of major state government program and to assure the availability of state publications for use by the public throughout Wisconsin now and in the future.
This morning, Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 7-0 to keep Wisconsin’s diploma privilege in tact. The justices rejected a proposal from a group of lawyers who wanted to end the practice.
Read more at the JS Online blog, Proof and Hearsay, and the Marquette Law School faculty blog.
Here is the latest faculty scholarship from the UW Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series via SSRN.
In addition, here are some recent publications authored or co-authored by clinical faculty at the UW Law School.
- Leslie Shear co-authored an article in the September 2010 volume of the American Psychologist that examines research on children’s contact with their incarcerated parents, and recommends best practices for such contact.
- Ken Streit and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm co-authored an article in the September 2010 edition of the Wisconsin Lawyer that outlines problems with Wisconsin’s Truth-in-Sentencing scheme and recommends legislative changes.
- Keith Findley participated in Cardozo Law School’s 2009 symposium on prosecutors’ disclosure obligations, and acted as the reporter for a working group that described a “best practices” disclosure process for prosecutors’ offices. This report was included in the June 2010 volume of the Cardozo Law Review.
- In addition, a few months ago, Keith’s article entitled “Innocence Protection in the Appellate Project” was published in the Marquette Law Review.
A New Jersey appellate court found that a prohibition against “Googling” potential jurors to gain additional information about them was unreasonable. Read more at Legal Blog Watch.