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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Access to Haitian law

Haïti-Archives-Technologie : Numériser deux siècles de législation haïtienne, Haïti Press Network, July 22, 2008. Read it in the original French or Google's English. Thanks to Laurie Taylor, who provides this English summary:

... Digitizing Haitian law is a major project with great significance because like all democratic societies, access to the law and legal information is necessary for the public to be involved in the democratic process. ... The Haitian law digitization project will present a complete inventory of Haitian law from 1804 within a clear and ease to use database so that lawyers and the general public will have equal access to the law.

The first part of the project is focusing on more recent legal documents, with all documents added eventually. This is a wonderful project and the University of Florida Digital Library Center is excited to be able to contribute to it through the Digital Library of the Caribbean. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) includes many partners with projects focused on preservation and access for cultural heritage materials and contemporary needs, including many law projects. The Haitian law project embodies the core goals of preservation and access, and the ideal goals of digitization - presenting and preserving the past as it bears on the present through rare cultural materials that relate to current needs and future desires, and presenting them in ways that make them more useful and usable than in their original form. To see actual Haitian law documents, check in the Digital Library of the Caribbean and for more on Haitian law, see “Researching Haitian Law” by Marisol Florén-Romero from FIU (another dLOC partner).