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    • Clicklaw WikibooksAn experiment in born-digital publishingDrew Jackson, Courthouse Libraries BC October 6, 2011
    • In the next 20 slides• Courthouse Libraries BC context: what we do for the public• Legal Help for British Columbians: a great guidebook that we wanted to enable more people to access• Wikibooks: Why we choose to produce the Guide as a wikibook• Demo: A few snapshots of the wikibook in action• Next steps: What’s next for Clicklaw wikibooks
    • Courthouse Libraries context We have a four pillar approach to meeting the public side of our mission…
    • LawStartBC: How we help thepublic find and use legalinformation • A website with plain language legal info • A search tool to find assistance with legal problems • Helping public libraries provide current legal information • Helping the legal community and the public find and use legal information
    • More on our LawMatters program for public libraries• 240 public libraries in BC• Community-based, not restricted to “courthouse hours”• First point of contact for information in their communities• 35,000-40,000 questions with a legal dimension asked in public libraries every year• Our LawMatters program recommends books, coordinates grants, provides training
    • The plain language guide “LegalHelp for British Columbians” wassuch a nice starting point for 30common legal problems that we gotcopies for all public libraries in BC
    • Challenges But as good as the Legal Help Guide was, there were some challenges• Within a year, the Legal Help Guide needed updating• Without institutional support, it was at risk (the guide was published by a lawyer more or less on his own)• We put a PDF of the guide online, but it was not very findable or usable online - at 75 pages, not easily searchable, external links not practical – and this info could be so helpful online!• Yet the print continued to be highly valued in library settings where computer literacy can be a major issue
    • Core values At Courthouse Libraries BC, our core values include innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing – which contributed to the solution we arrived at…
    • Why a Wikibook? We decided to turn the Legal Help Guide into a “wikibook”,• We wanted a collaborative authoring using the Mediawiki environment to enable updating by platform that powers many contributors Wikipedia• We wanted an affordable tool: Mediawiki is an open source platform• We wanted it to be easy for users: As it looks & feels like Wikipedia, the end user experience is familiar• We wanted online and print versions: A wikibook is born-digital but can also produce print from the same source
    • We used the wikiplatform to put theGuide online, openingup access to it
    • We recruited adozen lawyersand other subjectmatter experts tobe contributors &reviewers
    • Because we are using thesame platform that powersWikipedia (although ourown install of the platform),it offers a familiarexperience for end users Various ways to navigate within the Guide, including searching
    • As the guide is now on a wiki, it can include external links to key resourcesAnd we’ve integrated itwith our ClicklawHelpMap, to provideeasy access to optionsfor legal assistance
    • The wiki can beupdated collaborativelyover the Internet bymultiple contributors
    • The wiki’s strong versioncomparison tools supportcollaboration, transparency
    • The wiki platform’s “bookextension” enables us toassemble wiki pages into asingle PDF file that canthen be printed
    • Creative CommonsWe’re making the Guideavailable under aCreative Commonslicense, which provide asimple, standardized wayto give the publicpermission to share anduse your creative work -on conditions of yourchoice.
    • A sign Creative Commonshas gone mainstream: It’san option when you uploada video to YouTube
    • Next Steps• Updating the Legal Help Guide (4th edition, current to Fall 2012), using the wiki platform• Investigating print-on-demand options• Supporting People’s Law School in experimenting with the wiki platform• Working with Vancouver lawyer JP Boyd to migrate his outstanding family law website onto the wiki platform
    • Clicklaw wikibooks, atwiki.clicklaw.bc.ca