A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library

ISSN 1521-9046


Vol. 14, no. 22
June 29, 2009

InSITE highlights selected law-related World Wide Web sites in two ways: as an annotated publication issued electronically and in print; and as a keyword-searchable database.

The law librarians at Cornell evaluate potentially useful Web sites, select the most valuable ones, and provide commentary and subject access to them. These information can be accessed as following:

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Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887
    In May, 1886, a quick succession of explosive events in Chicago created a momentous turning point in the history of the American labor movement that has come to be known as the Haymarket Affair. "Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair (1886-1887)" is a digital collection of more than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts documenting the famous clash between Chicago police and protesting laborers that led to the controversial trials, convictions and subsequent appeals of eight prominent Chicago anarchists. The original materials are housed by the Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society) and were digitized through an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. It includes primary source materials pertaining to specific events particular to the event, such as the meeting that preceded the infamous bombing, the bombing itself, and the subsequent trials, appeals, executions, and pardons. According to the site, "Of special interest and significance are the two dozen images of three-dimensional artifacts in the collection ... The cornerstone of the collection is the presentation, as images and searchable text, of the transcript of the 3,200 pages of proceedings from the murder trial of State of Illinois v. August Spies, et al." The collection may be accessed by keyword search of the bibliographic record (descriptive information) or full text of the documents. A series of drop-down menus are helpful for narrowing one's request. Visitors may also browse by various subjects, the list of which is extensive and organized in alphabetical order for easy navigation. Those who visit this piece of history with a particular name in mind may access the records that pertain to that person through a separate alphabetical list of names. A final option is to directly access the transcripts and exhibits from the pivotal trial of Illinois v. August Spies, et al. A nice addition to the website is a list of "Special Presentations" that link to the web pages of the Chicago History Museum, and include a Haymarket Affair Chronology, The Dramas of Haymarket , and Autobiographies of Two Defendants. Visitors to the site will want to take time to view the interesting background of the building of the collection, and before leaving should also review the Chicago History Museum's copyright statement.
    [Author: A. Emerson]
Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
    At George Mason University, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is carving a unique niche for itself in the world of academia. ICAR is an innovative global resource "committed to the development of theory, research, and practice that interrupt cycles of violence." Together, faculty, students, alumni and practitioners have created a community committed to research, teaching, practice, and outreach that advances the understanding of deeply rooted domestic and international conflicts, systemically studies the nature, origins, and types of conflicts, and strives for the resolution of such conflicts through the development of productive processes and necessary conditions. There are several academic programs available through the Institute, including undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and graduate certificate options. The Institute hosts its own physical library, which is in the process of growing and welcomes monetary and substantive gifts in this regard. In the meantime, the various resources provided by ICAR through their website are numerous and extensive. Specifically, ICAR hosts an online private social network for ICAR and CAR Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Associates to share announcements, engage in discussion, network, and more. One must be invited to join the network, and individuals are welcomed to request an invitation. ICAR also provides a service called "News Network," which serves as an online forum featuring current analysis by ICAR specialists addressing "some the world's most salient and intractable conflicts and [providing] critical next steps for constructive engagement." Current topics include health, immigration, energy, and regional matters. ICAR additionally hosts a weekly audio program called "Analyze This!" which provides analysis of current conflicts in talk-show format. Hosted by Michael Shank and engineered by Paul Snodgrass, it is featured on Mason radio WGMU each Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. (EST), and programs may also be heard though the website. What's more, ICAR also makes several written publications available through its website, including news stories, newsletters, and articles, many of which are also available in Spanish. Most importantly, ICAR Working Papers and ICAR Reports are available for free in PDF format though the site. Ultimately, ICAR has created a site that functions not only to serve its internal community well, but also provides significant resources for researchers on the topic of conflict, and in so doing, has established itself as a leading resource for materials in this area.
    [Author: A. Emerson]
Scottish Parliament
    In 1997, the people of Scotland voted to re-establish a parliament in Scotland after a gap of nearly 300 years. The Scottish Parliament website is a rich resource and experience for all visitors. Those interested in the history of the Parliament will enjoy the site's extensive narrative and documentation of the Scottish devolution settlement. Legal researchers will appreciate the site's lengthy guide to public bills, bill tracking and bill status, the text of all parliamentary documents, and the text of statements made by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Scottish citizens will benefit from the site's guide to constituent representation, details of how individual MSPs voted, and information about visiting Parliament. The section "Visit, Learn, Interact" is especially friendly and welcoming, offering information especially for visitors and educators. The Scottish Parliament website is available in twelve different languages (including Gaelic) and has a functional but unremarkable search engine.
    [Author: B. Kreisler/J.P. Cusker] Legal Tags, the Blog
    This focused, readable blog is maintained by Wendy Seltzer, a visiting professor at American University and a fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. The blog discusses copyright issues and disputes, especially those involving online or digital content, file sharing, digital rights management (DRM) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Ms. Seltzer regularly tracks issues over time with multiple entries, for example tracking court cases from argument through to final ruling. Ms. Seltzer has a clear anti-DMCA and anti-DRM viewpoint but takes care to demonstrate how overzealous use of the DMCA and DRM is self-defeating for creators and licensors, as it often alienates customers and makes digital content less widely available to potential audiences. The site has a search engine and numerous features to aid in locating specific entries. The site's tone of writing is a good mixture of plain speech grounded in real legal and technical knowledge. Ms. Seltzer's blog would be of interest to anyone following copyright and computer law issues.
    [Author: J.P. Cusker]

InSITE contributors: A. Emerson, J.P. Cusker, B. Kreisler, J. Pajerek (editor)
2009 Cornell Law Library

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