AALL HACKATHON Help bring usable legal information to those who need it.
The AALL Hackathon is a civic hackathon, focusing on solutions that improve the delivery of legal information, expand access to usable legal data, and advance the public’s access to the law and justice.
Approximately 80% of low income individuals who need to access the legal systems in their communities don’t know how to access those systems. Legal information is the key to unlocking access to justice for those people. If they can find and use legal information, they may get the justice they deserve.
Programmers, designers, hackers and law librarians can work together to create applications that provide access to legal information that people can understand and use. The AALL Hackathon is an unprecedented opportunity for these groups to talk, strategize, learn from each other, and, most importantly, form teams and work together to compete for a cash prize for developing a technological solution to making an information data set more accessible and more usable.
Participants will work with data to develop applications or programs that make legal or governmental information available and usuable to librarians and the public.
The following datasets are suggested for this project, but if you already have a dataset in mind that is freely available, we would encourage you to bring the dataset's metadata with you.
- AALL's State Online Legal Materials site
- Data.gov – all different types of data
- FDsys Bulk Data – Legal information
- GovTrack.us Data – Legal information
- U.S. House of Representatives Document Repository – U.S. House of Representatives information
Note: Preference will be given to products designed and built primarily at this event. Previous projects that were more than 25% complete before the AALL Hackathon, as determined by the judges, will not be eligible for the prize.
How to enter
For rules and to sign up, visit our event page at our Eventbrite page.
The AALL Hackathon will be held in conjunction with the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting. It will take place at Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102 on Saturday July 18, 2015. Registration and breakfast are at 7:30 a.m. with the Hackathon beginning by 8:00 a.m. The winning team will be announced at the conclusion of the Hackathon, around 4:30 p.m. Free food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided onsite.
Note: Participants who have not checked in by 9 am will not be considered for the competition.
Federal Depository Library Program Council Chair
1) Use of Government Information – 30%
a. Federal, State, or Local b. Preference given to legal information
2) Innovation – 30%
a. Is this a novel and creative project? Does it provide access to previously inaccessible information/solve a problem? b. Will it make an impact in the community?
3) User-friendliness – 20%
a. Is the product easy to use? b. Intuitive to understand?
4) Viability/Functionality – 20%
a. Will the product do what it is supposed to? b. Will the product be accessible by the public/target community members? c. Will people actually use the product? Will the target community(ies) find it useful?