The ‘National Legal E-Library’ project of the Government is to be dedicated o the nation on 15 August 2011.Dr. M Veerappa Moily, the Minister of Law & Justice had proposed the need for the formulation of a ‘National Legal e-library’ for students and practitioners of Law on 6 December 2009, during his meeting with the vice chancellors of Law University and Colleges across India.

The scope of this program is creation and management of the ‘National Legal e-library’ for 933 schools in India, Bar Associations, Government Legal departments etc. and meet the needs of academic librarians, students, faculty and young practitioners. It aims to provide a practitioners view and a comprehensive understanding of core subject areas of law.

Technology tools that make the concept of E-Library indispensable:

EASY ACCESS : Campus wide access using IP Authentication.

RESULTS CLUSTERING : Familiarises new users with different classes of content by providing an instant, multi faceted analysis of distribution of hits in each result set.

FLEXIBLE DISPLAY AND OUTPUT OPTIONS : Inclusion of full featured tools that allow for printing, emailing and saving.

INTEROPERABILITY : Works with systems you use to manage your electronic holdings through e-journals systems, Article linking Federated search/Metasearch & Citation export to Reference Works.

SMARTINDEXING TECHNOLOGY : Helps users reach the information they need by applying controlled vocabulary terms for several different taxonomies.

POWERFUL SOURCE SELECTION : Identify sources by type, language, topic, geography and other facets.

The project is likely to be implemented in three phases. In the first phase two comprehensive research platforms will be implemented across all law schools in India. In the second phase the services of the comprehensive research platform will be extended to the entire practitioner universe. Further, e-filing and Practice Management will be extended for all the courts in India in this phase. The third phase focuses on sustained usability and development of a comprehensive education development platform. This phase aims at creating a robust system of legal skill enhancement and development.

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