Thursday, 15 July 2010

Justice clicks into the digital age - National - NZ Herald News

Justice clicks into the digital age - National - NZ Herald News
I suppose I have to note this case, and include some hypertext of my own. The reporter correctly identifies a problem with what he calls internet rot for the linkages. It doesn't seem too long ago I was involved in considering the issue of preserving older volumes of statutes (that is, paper books) falling apart because of the use of acidic paper. See this paper. To day I was writing and modifying a document using Google Documents, which meant that it wasn't even hosted on my own computer and I could work on it from any location without having to use a USB or other storage device. I would guess it may be hosted in some vast server farm in the US. I wonder how we should store the digital judgments? Perhaps we need to consider a server farm in New Zealand which can also host the embedded links to protect against this problem. I am sure Judge Harvey has a view on this. But I would bet he hasn't completed a whole case electronically, if only because the courts system could not cope with this, so as having completed a construction adjudication entirely by email and documents, I am (for a brief time no doubt) one up on him.

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