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WHY?


It makes sense that people should all
have free access to the laws of the
country.


How can one work according to and
within the law if there is no easy and free
access to that law?



PLAN


to place the updated, consolidated
laws free online


Like many countries in the world, South Africa
has lots of money


but it is very difficult to
find it for a project of this nature.


We realised that we needed to get it off the
ground first, and then look for funding.




South
African Legislation


from Acts and
Amendment
Acts


with Regulations


Reliable material


only from the commercial
publishers


History of the LIIs


initiated within a
university environment


Not a LII but at least we were in the right place


Very limited funding (none)


We worked out what our requirements were:


Copyright knowledge


Source material


Office space and computers


IT people who could, and would


People who could tackle the difficult work


Funds for data input, etc.



Partnership with SAFLII


Current collection is mainly case law


Obvious void was the current legislation


At the same time, the University of Pretoria’s
Law Library was looking at this project


The partnership was a natural symbiosis




Software


very challenging


Thanks to Peter Martin, Thomas Bruce, Daniel
Poulin

and Tim Arnold
-
Moore of
Teratext


In the end


Open Source


Joomla


Content Management System


necessary
tools to build an interactive website


Hierarchy of PDFs


fully full
-
text searchable




Joomla

and the extensions on a Linux Server


No software licensing needed


Important to have a test and a production
environment


Backups on a daily basis





Point
-
in
-

time
” or “
Historical Versions



Working from the principal Act


must re
-
build
the Acts in the consolidation process.


Save each version to be able to offer a
database with “
Historical versions





Not only the Acts


but also the Regulations.


Some of these are very extensive and so at
times we place a short summary of the
Regulation in question


public may request
the full document.





Commencement dates


never
straightforward


May be different dates for parts of sections of
the Act
-

and it may apply to Amendment
Acts too.


For the versioning is it so important to be
exact about this.



Straightforward approach.


Simple PDFs.


Little in the way of value
-
added material.


Our approach was to supply the documents as
speedily as possible.


To satisfy the public’s need to access updated
reliable legislation
free on the Internet



The data input does require funding.


Exacting work and requires fairly scarce skills.


Some seed funds to get the project off the
ground
-

came from the University Library
Services


We were then able to demonstrate the working
database


with examples of completed Acts


Partnership with SAFLII

with funding for a year.



Communicating our work


Search engine optimization techniques


Press release from SAFLII


Trying to arrange for radio announcements


Link from SAFLII webpage


ready market


Facebook page




Communicating our work


Practitioner’s journals


Websites with Legislation on them


urge
them to link to our site


Request Law firms to link to our website


OSALL


Organization of South African Law
Librarians website


link to our database.






Lawsofsouthafrica.up.ac.za



What the future holds for our database


Whatever happens around funding


which
we shall need


we believe that our database
will not be wasted as the PDFs we have
created can always be used.