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Library of Congress, NASA Sign Agreement to Upgrade Global Legal Information Network

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Library of Congress, NASA Sign Agreement to Upgrade Global Legal Information Network

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The Library of Congress and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center have signed an agreement to upgrade and enhance the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) to serve Congress better. The memorandum of understanding signed by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and NASA Administrator Dan Goldin will increase accessibility of legal data from around the world for the Library's legal specialists, who provide information to Congress.

GLIN is a cooperative database administered by the Library of Congress's Law Library that provides access to laws of foreign countries and the U.S. to its 10 member countries over the Internet. This agreement will enable GLIN partners without Internet access to receive and transmit data using a satellite system being tested by Goddard. The agreement also calls for Library and NASA staff to work together to upgrade the speed and flexibility of GLIN.

Specifically, the agreement calls for, by the year 2000:

Using satellites "to provide sufficiently high bandwidth communications to insure interactive usage of the [GLIN) database as a digital legal library anywhere in the world"

Establishing a technology infrastructure that "supports current or de facto standards to provide basic access to any country of the world desirous of participation"

Increasing usability of the system by designing better indexing and searching tools

GLIN is a system developed by the Library of Congress and its Law Library to improve service to Congress, which often needs information on the laws of foreign countries. …

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