Searching Legal Information in Multiple Asian Languages

Legal Information Management, Vol. 13, 2012

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2012-22

19 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012

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Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

In this article the Co-Directors of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) explain the need for an open source search engine which can search simultaneously over legal materials in European languages and also in Asian languages, particularly those that require a ‘double byte’ representation, and the difficulties this task presents. A solution is proposed, the ‘u16a’ modifications to AustLII’s open source search engine (Sino) which is used by many legal information institutes. Two implementations of the Sino u16A approach, on the Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII), for English and Chinese, and on the Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII), for multiple Asian languages, are described. The implementations have been successful, though many challenges (discussed briefly) remain before this approach will provide a full multi-lingual search facility.

Suggested Citation

Chung, Philip and Mowbray, Andrew and Greenleaf, Graham, Searching Legal Information in Multiple Asian Languages (July 1, 2012). Legal Information Management, Vol. 13, 2012; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2012-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2104022

Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

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