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Name that plant! – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Tina Gheen

This summer the Architect of the Capitol is growing lovely plants like these in containers all over the Capitol campus. This one is right across the street from the Jefferson Building. Do you know what it is? I’ll give you a few hints. 1) The stem is triangular in shape, not rounded like most plant …

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Testing ViewShare with the Guide to Law Online State Data

Posted by: Tina Gheen

The Virtual Services Team in the Law Library has been looking for new ways to present our digital collections and information, so last week I decided to give ViewShare a spin. ViewShare is a free web application for generating dynamic views of data sets.  It is based on the open source Recollection software developed by the …

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The Current Legislation on Citizenship in the Vatican City State

Posted by: Tina Gheen

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. The author would like to recognize the collaboration of  Samuel Urueta, Summer Intern, in the preparation of this posting. Currently, the Vatican City State has a population of about 800 people, which makes it one of the …

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Update on Medieval Canon Law, and How to Deal with a Complex Book

Posted by: Tina Gheen

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law: Esztergom, 3-8 August 2008 While reviewing some new Italian legal materials, I became intrigued by a monograph recently acquired by the Benelux, France and Italy Section …

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OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track

Posted by: Tina Gheen

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) recently formed a new technical committee, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee, to begin moving forward specifications for a common legal document standard for parliamentary, legislative and judicial documents. The specification will be based upon the Akoma Ntoso-UN project’s XML schema, which Andrew Weber mentioned …

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W3C Government Linked Data Working Group Drafts Open for Comment

Posted by: Tina Gheen

Earlier this year, I attended the second face-to-face meeting of the W3C Working Group on Government Linked Data (GLDWG). I have been a member of this international group since last summer, and as someone who is interested in linked data and hopes to incorporate it into my work, I always appreciate the opportunity to learn …

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A Law Classification Scheme as Linked Data?

Posted by: Tina Gheen

As part of the Law Library of Congress’ Law.gov project, we are consulting with the great minds behind the id.loc.gov linked data service of the Library of Congress to research whether a linked data version of the Law schedule of the Library of Congress Classification system, Class K, would be useful. Class K lays out a …