Verio, a subsidiary of NTT Communications and a leading global IP solutions provider, announced today that the General Services Administration for the U.S. Law Library of Congress has selected the company to host the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN). The GLIN Web site will contain a multilingual database of laws, judicial decisions, legal writings and legislative records from countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Verio’s selection was part of a larger, $5.7M contract awarded to Advanced Technology Systems, Inc. (ATS).
The Law Library of Congress initially created GLIN to support its research and reference services and to increase digital access to its collection of legal resources. In response to an increased demand for online international legal research resources, Verio and ATS were awarded this contract to expand the existing GLIN system. Specifically, Verio will provide managed hosting, storage and security services giving the Law Library of Congress a highly available and secure infrastructure for its GLIN project.
“The U.S. Law Library of Congress is the largest and most complete law library, accessed and used by legal researchers around the world. Together with Verio, ATS will continue to build upon this world-class information system to advance global legal research,” said Pete Spewak, senior vice president at ATS.
Under the larger contract umbrella, other enhancements and upgrades will include designated areas to upload documents such as court decisions and legislative records, improvements to user interfaces and expanded multilingual features to support approximately 20 different languages. When the upgrades are complete, GLIN will support customized search agents, topic-based user subscriptions and role based user administration.
“As the Internet has evolved to include interactive applications, like VOIP and streaming video, more government agencies are looking to refresh their online presence with new Web tools,” said James Treuting, president of global sales for Verio. “The U.S. Library of Congress’ information network is a perfect example of the proactive measures taken by the public sector to establish a dynamic virtual knowledge center for employees and constituents. Verio is pleased to support GLIN, and we look forward to incorporating a variety of resource tools that will elevate its usage capabilities.”
The mission of the Law Library of Congress is to provide research and legal information to Congress, the federal courts and executive branch agencies and to offer reference services to the public. Nearly 50 jurisdictions currently contribute legal documents to GLIN.