LegisLink.org Blog and Collaboration Space

June 2015 

Current activities

Background

A few months ago, the Wikispaces page stopped being supported and disappeared.  In an attempt to create something comparable, I’ve added the information from the Wikispaces site to hackpad pages here.  

Although my initial intention was to provide redirection services for multiple jurisdictions, my efforts with US legislation have proven that a single jurisdiction can provide quite a bit to work on.

Below is the text of the LegisLink Wiki - created in 2009.  The links are now pointing to hackpad pages with the information from the Wikispace site.

Welcome to the OLD LegisLink Wiki!

The purpose of this Wiki is to provide a collaborative space to discuss, build, and maintain http://legislink.org. LegisLink uses intuitive human-readable URLs to link to legislative data at the document and sub-document levels.

Legislative documents reside on various government legislative websites in various formats (TXT, HTML, XML, PDF, WordPerfect). URLs for these documents are often too long or difficult to construct. More importantly, links to internal locations (the citations within the law) are often not supported or non-intuitive for users to create or use. For most legislative websites, users must click through or fill out forms and then scroll or search for the specific location in the text of legislation. This makes getting to citations directly difficult, if not impossible.

The main goal of LegisLink.org is to provide the legislative and Internet communities with a web service that resolves simplified citation-based URLs to sublevels of various legislative documents. LegisLink works using one of two approaches:

The site is organized by jurisdiction. The prototype is currently being built to handle the United States(us), Colorado (us-co), and New Zealand (nz). The source code is available as text files at http://legislink.org/code.html.

This project cannot be accomplished by one or two people. Your help is needed whether you are an interested user or a software developer. At this point, the code is written in Perl. Please use this wiki site to add and discuss related information. If you’re a developer and want to help, please email me. Thanks.

Joe Carmel

Proposed LegisLink Formats Ideas Under Consideration and Being Developed

Rules for URLs A URL is a String That Has Been Defined by Rules

Using CSS to Enhance Cited Sections CSS Tips for Anchor Links to Cited Sections

XPointer as a Citation Enabler XPointer for Citations