Debut of Journal of Open Access to Law

Join me in welcoming the debut of Journal of Open Access to Law, or JOAL. A post on the B-SCREEDS blog at the Legal Information Institute announced the launch:

I’m proud to announce the debut of the Journal of Open Access to Law, a multidisciplinary journal that will publish the work that its title suggests: research related to legal information that is made openly available on the Internet.

Simon Fodden wrote about the new peer-reviewed journal in June, posting about the call for papers for the first issue.

That issue is now available and, true to its subject, is openly accessible at the Journal of Open Access to Law site.

Congratulations to the authors published in the inaugural issue. Congratulations also and thank you to the publishers of JOAL—IDT (Institute of Law and Technology), ITTIG-CNR (Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques), and the *LII (Legal Information Institute)—and to its sponsor, Free Access to Law Movement.

*As a timely aside, readers of JOAL and other content available via the LII—and those who appreciate its leadership in openly accessible law—might consider the LII a worthy recipient of year-end charitable donation.


  1. Was skimming this article on crisis mapping –aka geospatially mapping human-based activities.

    Geospatially mapped information is another kettle of fish. However, as people here may know already, many major cities have geospatially mapped some of their open data sources for quite awhile now. (property lines, etc.)

    Of interest to librarians in the areas of geography, since GIS metadata combines geospatial metadata plus “traditional” other metadata that we’ve known, created and searched from standpoint of textual searching.

    To understand value and application of geospatially mapped information with financial and legal value to users: See for Calgary 2013 flood, item 3.2 link within this page: