Point in time legislative systems allow the user to retrieve legislation as it existed (or will exist) at some time in the past or future. They are often built out from legislative drafting and promulgation systems that conceive legislative document management as a continuous process that extends from drafting by legislative staff to publishing. Creation of such systems thus typically involves a certain amount of process reengineering directed at the management of legislative documents. Such systems can recover their costs by reducing the transfer costs inherent in the mov
The following was written (by Dave Shetland and Tom Bruce) as a position statement for the Workshop on Legislative XML associated with the 2007 JURIX conference in Leiden:
The law.gov workshop held by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School on March 22 and 23, 2010, produced some general recommendations regarding legislative metadata. They are best imagined as a series of answers to a question from a revisor of statutes or other governmental publisher of statutes or regulations who is asking, "What should I do?".
Locator (bell) code data
Locator code data is used by GPO for typesetting government documents, notably the US Code. The system was created in the early 1980's and is still in use today. It is basically a highly modal system that uses escape sequences to encode typesetting commands, similar to procedural markup coding used in older word-processing software. The documentation here is somewhat aged material obtained from the House LRC by the LII in 2000 or so.
- US House of Representatives Law Revision Counsel's Office (also leads to Classification Tables)
- US Government Printing Office
- Article by Sally Kelley on manual updating of Code (1998, rev. 2001, rev. by D. Shetland 2007)
Other useful explanations
Full current text of the US Code, in XML, derived from GPO locator data. Possibly to be supplanted soon by an XML version from the House itself, for which we believe SAIC has been contracted (Sept 08).
Available from: http://voodoo.law.cornell.edu/uscxml/
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The United States Code section number