Monday, May 05, 2008

A couple of links for the day

Cornell Law Library's terrific InSITE service has recommended a couple of interesting links, one I've found useful for many years and one I hadn't previously come across, the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) and the United Nations Scholar's Workstation respectively.
"GLIN: Global Legal Information Network

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a product of the Law Library of Congress that provides a freely searchable “public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by [approximately thirty] governmental agencies and international organizations ... in their original languages.” Every document record includes an English summary, as well as assigned subject terms. Advanced features allow searching by jurisdiction, publication and issuance date, subject, document type, and language. Results may be sorted or narrowed by jurisdiction, relevancy, or publication date. Related legal resources are grouped together for ease of access. Where available, the original documents are scanned color PDFs. GLIN is a classic free resource for researching foreign and international law. [JJ]


United Nations Scholars' Workstation

Developed by the Yale University Library and the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, "the United Nations Scholars' Workstation is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information." The Workstation is maintained by the United Nations Studies program. Topics covered include disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography. The site categorizes its links into two areas, "Research Tools to Locate UN Information", which links to particular types of content (i.e. "Numeric Data" or "Maps") and "Research Approaches to UN Information", which categorizes information by different approaches such as UN organizational structure or geographic area. This multi-axis approach makes the site more accessible. The site primarily links to and aggregates external sources; no internal search engine seems to be available. The site is most valuable for demonstrating how the different UN agencies are linked to each other. [BWK, JPC]"
InSITE contributors: J.P. Cusker, J. Jones, B. Kreisler, J. Pajerek (editor)

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