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Sunlight, ‘State Decoded’ project on agenda for law library meeting

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries will hold its annual meeting Oct. 25 at the Washington and Lee University law school.

The day-long program will feature three sessions.

The first speaker, Eric Mill, develops software and works on tech policy for the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C. He will discuss tools the Sunlight Foundation and other people have created to make legal information more easily available to the public.

Mill will also discuss the technical, social, and legal conditions needed to make such projects possible.

Waldo Jaquith, the web developer for the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, will discuss “The State Decoded,” his open-source project which displays legal texts online in a format that can take advantage of the features the modern web offers.

The final speakers will discuss Washington and Lee University’s law repository. Law Library Director Caroline Osborne, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian John Jacob, and Electronic Services Librarian Stephanie Miller will talk about how their library’s “experiment” with a repository grew into a campus-wide initiative.

Today is the last day to register. Cost is $15 for VALL members, $20 for non-members. To register, visit VALL’s website.

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