Submissions/Constitutional Court meets Wikipedia/notes

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Presenter: Thomas Planinger is Wikipedian-in-Residence (WiR) at the Austrian Constitutional Court

note-taker: User:econterms

  • Courts create information, e.g. findings and decisions
  • Courts also have photos and libraries
  • Courts produce knowledge, differently in civil law countries than in common law (that is, case law) countries
  • courts generally do not defend their findings and decisions in public after emitting a decision / ruling
  • Wikipedias can be good sources of information about a court’s rulings

[Some text missing due to technical difficulties]

Suggests that "GLAM" is too narrow for relevant scope of WiR idea -- also scientific institutions and courts can be GLAM-like in their uses and benefits from a WiR

Q&A[edit | edit source]

Q: Did you see confidential information? How did you handle that?

A: I avoided looking at confidential information when possible because my main role was to make things public, and I did not want the burden of having to remember which things were secret, a burden which lasts long after the event. If I had to see confidential information I tried to remember it was confidential.

Q: Were the court rulings public domain?

A: Yes, open and published. He discussed their copyright status.

Slides are available at https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Constitutional_Court_meets_Wikipedia.pdf