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Evaluation of ITL Commissioned by The Law Faculty, University of Tromsø [unofficial translation from Norwegian]

1. Introduction

2. Research

3. Teaching Material

4. Development of an information System

5. Conclusion

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Evaluation of the International Trade Law - WWW

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Evaluation of ITL Commissioned by The Law Faculty, University of Tromsø [unofficial translation from Norwegian]

2. Research

For this work to qualify as research work, this established service should be regarded as an experiment, and the experiment must be analysed. A creative and successful product cannot in itself be regarded as research without the experience * the product are systematised and documented. It is the analysis and not the product in itself that must eventually be judged as a research effort.

There are a host of investigations and analyses that can be undertaken. At this current stage it is probably analysis of use, of contribution, search effectiveness that will be most closely related. An analysis of systems with its basis in this model is developed by Jon Bing in Retttslige kommunikasjonsprosesser (Legal Communications Processes*) could be of interest. A systematic comparison of this information system with a traditional paper based system and database system like Lovdata (that is built on a completely different model from that which WWW is based on) could also be of interest. It is probably too early to undertake a closer examination as to how such a system affects legal information systems collectively, and sources of law used within the particular areas of law.

Establishment of a WWW based service must also be expected to influence the market for that type of information service, in that much of the material that one today in practice must pay for, will be available free of charge. Legislative histories,* legal texts, and judgements will most likely be available free from official sources, whilst information service providers must offer a service that represents market value to the user in comparison to the official information that is available free.

It can in this context be mentioned that at the Institutt for rettsinformatikk (Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law) a series of attempts to examine and analyse different search systems, indexing etc. before Lovdata was established. There is further undertaken analysis of other information systems, including Norsk Retstidende (a different Norwegian Legal Periodical), based on theories and models that are developed through this work. A similar analysis of Internet has not been undertaken as far as I know.

One must repeat that Internet will play an increasingly important role in the distribution of legal material. A systematised knowledge of use of Internet and WWW will be valuable in such a process, both for potential users and service providers. One presumably has a considerable variety* of data that can be worked on, and can be rather certain of the possibilities to generate and collect data for such analysis.

The project provides possibilities for interesting and important legal analysis. As the project stands today analysis of this type has not been undertaken. If further development and management of the server is to be taken as juridical research, one would have to build in to the project a much larger element of systematisation and analysis of the results. It must be emphasised that it is not necessary that the person who has the responsibility for further development and maintenance of the system should necessarily be the person that undertakes the further analysis.


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