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Open Access – Free Access to Primary Legal Materials


This brief presentation addressed free access to primary legal materials, discussing the scope and nature of open access, and referring to the Free Access to Law Movement. The social imperatives for free access were outlined. Various sectors providing free access and their funding models were discussed. Requirements for freely accessible legal information were enumerated including existing standards. The definition of added value and the role of commercial publishers was discussed. The Presentation ended with questions for the audience. This paper is an outline with notes on legal publishing and extensive reference to websites and further reading. Paper by Jules Winterton (President, International Association of Law Libraries and Associate Director and Librarian, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London) presented on Thursday, 12 August 2010, 13:45 – 15:45 at IFLA 2010.

Winterton, Jules (2010) Open Access – Free Access to Primary Legal Materials. In: IFLA 2010 session 96 Creating an International Legal Information Policy Agenda, 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Unpublished)


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Presentation from the World Library and Information Congress 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Gothenburg, Sweden 10th-15th August 2010, "Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress".
Subjects: Law
Keywords: Legal research, Legal materials, Freedom of information
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: IALS Staff
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/3139
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