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Monday, September 01, 2008

Australian govt helps fund OA legal database

Nicola Berkovic, Victorian boost for online law database, The Australian, August 15, 2008.  Excerpt:

Free online legal database AustLII received a major cash injection from the Victorian Government this week, but it will still have to go begging for funding to cover its core services.

Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls announced funding of $839,000 for the not-for-profit organisation, which provides the world's largest free online legal database, to boost the quantity and quality of Victorian information available on the site....

AustLII co-director and UNSW academic Graham Greenleaf said the money would help the organisation "push into new areas".

"(But) it still means we need to get a large contribution from organisations to maintain and update the existing databases," he said....

The funding announcement this week follows the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNSW, UTS and Indonesia to provide technical assistance enabling Indonesian court decisions to be made available online.

PS:  Also see our past posts on AustLII.