Juris – You Paid For It, and Now It Is Yours

Here’s an interesting post by blogger Erika Wayne over at Stanford’s Legal Research Plus. The post summarizes some of the intrigues behind Juris, the Dept. of Justice’s erstwhile legal research system. Thanks to public.resource.org (and apparently no thanks to your government) Juris is now available to you in the comfort of your own home or favorite wifi cafe. (If you’ve been dreaming of creating your own legal research system, now’s your chance: apparently you can download all 900 MB of the data – equivalent to over 2 million pages of text! – if you so desire.)

Also from publicresource.org: Fedflix, a joint venture between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org,. featuring “the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.” Who doesn’t love a nice government training film on a hot summer day?

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