CanLII President Colin Lachance has just now released his plan for that organization’s next three years. “Strategic Priorities 2012 to 2014” is available in a variety of formats: HTML, PDF, and large print PDF. Versions in French are also available, of course.
The report elaborates on four strategic priorities for CanLII:
- Secure permanent role as foremost source of free law in canada.
- Continually enrich content to meet the needs of public and professional users.
- Deliver easy to use professional grade tools and a compelling site experience.
- Continuously promote and defend free access to law
As readers will likely know, CanLII receives from Canada’s courts and justice departments a welter of documents under a variety of terms and conditions:
CanLII will seek to bring as much of that content as possible within a common contractual or policy framework guided by principles of open access and fair dealing.
In addition, CanLII will, among other things:
- seek “supplementary funding” to add to the $34 per lawyer base it currently receives;
- consider incorporating secondary sources and facilitating searches of materials hosted elsewhere;
- improve access to the service for users of mobile phones;
- develop “tools, tips, and training” to make research easier;
- continue to support free access to law here and elsewhere.
Lachance is seeking feedback and can be reached at clachance @ canlii.org