|S. Glassmeyer State Census Ratings|
- States should create law portals to provide one-stop access to all state legal information.
- States should publish information openly and reduce barriers to reuse such as copyright claims in state created content.
- Official publications should move from print to digital to promote greater access.
- All copyright claims as well as restrictive use terms should be removed from webpages containing state primary source material. Disclaimers should warn about the limitations and usefulness of legal information provided.
- States should consider outsourcing web-based content to commercial publishers in order to improve comprehensiveness and usability.
- States should provide basic disclaimers about the use and usefulness of all legal information collections advising of the need to validate that the material is current (i.e. hasn’t been repealed superseded overruled or withdrawn etc.)
It seems unlikely that states have the will and the wherewithal to fix the problems outlined in the Glassmayer report any time soon. Commercial publishers have the technology and expertise but not the incentive to make all of the primary content (which they acquire from the states) available to the public in a user friendly platform. As primary law gets commoditized and legal publishers shift their focus from content to process, will they consider public-private partnerships designed to create reliable open access to primary law across the United States?