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The UK Gets Its Law Dot Gov

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 18 2010

The United Kingdom's National Archives has launched Legislation.gov.uk, an online home for legislation from 1267 to the present day. That's not a typo. That's just an old, old country.

The exciting bit about Legislation.gov.uk is that it brings together a few different legislative databases into a (free) interface, with a depth of information that includes statutes from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. One neat feature: revision tracking, inspired by the version control approach in the programming world, that lets users know instantly whether the legislation that they're looking at is in effect, and how it might have been amended over time (see a sample).

Cornell Law School's VoxPopuLII blog dives into the details of Legislation.gov.uk. For something similar taking root in the United States, check out Carl Malamud's "Law.gov" project.