The Canadian Legal Information Institute, CanLII, has just announced that it will be introducing an API (application programming interface) in mid-March. This will allow developers and others to obtain direct access to the CanLII database in order to use the resulting data within their applications or web pages.
This is very good news indeed — and a very smart move by CanLII. If you’re in the “business” of giving data away, as CanLII is, you want to make the transfer as easy and enticing as possible. As the announcement says:
We hope law schools, legal information and legal aid resources, legal publishers, courts, governments, and creative individuals will use these tools to create new and improved ways to access our content.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the API. How do you foresee using this?