Thursday, September 26, 2013

Google's Constitute -- A Website That Digitizes The World's Constitutions

Google's Official Blog recently announced the creation of Constitute -- a site that digitizes and makes searchable the world's constitutions.

"Constitutions are as unique as the people they govern, and have been around in one form or another for millennia. But did you know that every year approximately five new constitutions are written, and 20-30 are amended or revised? Or that Africa has the youngest set of constitutions, with 19 out of the 39 constitutions written globally since 2000 from the region?"

"In the past, it’s been difficult to access and compare existing constitutional documents and language—which is critical to drafters—because the texts are locked up in libraries or on the hard drives of constitutional experts."

"With this in mind, Google Ideas supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute, a new site that digitizes and makes searchable the world’s constitutions. Constitute enables people to browse and search constitutions via curated and tagged topics, as well as by country and year. The Comparative Constitutions Project cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes, so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material. This ranges from the fairly general, such as 'Citizenship' and 'Foreign Policy,' to the very specific, such as “Suffrage and turnouts” and 'Judicial Autonomy and Power.'"

This is a great innovation in constitutional law research -- and it's FREE. Thank you Google!

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