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November 6, 2018 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Harvard Opens Up Its Massive Caselaw Access Project' by Mike Masnick

Mike Masnick writes that about 3 years ago, Techdirt covered “the launch of an ambitious project by Harvard Law School to scan all federal and state court cases and get them online (for free) in a machine readable format (not just PDFs!), with open APIs for anyone to use. And [now] case.law officially launched, with 6.4 million cases, some going back as far as 1658. There are still some limitations—some placed on the project by its funding partner, Ravel, which was acquired by LexisNexis last year (though, the structure of the deal will mean some of these restrictions will likely decrease over time).”

He notes that the Caselaw Access Project (CAP; aka case.law) is focusing on “providing this setup as a tool for others to build on, rather than as a straight up interface for anyone to use. As it stands, you can either access data via the site’s API, or by doing bulk downloads. Of course, the bulk downloads are, unfortunately, part of what’s limited by the Ravel/LexisNexis data … [but] individual users can download up to 500 cases per day. … The site has launched with four sample applications that are all pretty cool.”

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