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New Search and Browsing Interface for the RECAP Archive

2010 August 3
by recapthelaw

One of the most-requested RECAP features is a better web interface to the archive. Today we’re releasing an experimental system for searching and browsing, at There are also a couple of extra features that we’re eager to get feedback on. For example, you can subscribe to an RSS feed for any case in order to get updates when new documents are added to the archive. We’ve also included some basic tagging features that lets anybody add tags to any case. We’re sure that there will be bugs to be fixed or improvements that can be made. Please let us know.

The first version of the system was built by an enterprising team of students in Professor Ed Felten’s “Civic Technologies” course: Jen King, Brett Lullo, Sajid Mehmood, and Daniel Mattos Roberts. Dhruv Kapadia has done many of the subsequent updates. The links from the Recap Archive pages point to files on our gracious host, the Internet Archive.

See, for example, the RECAP Archive page for United States of America v. Arizona, State of, et al. This is the Arizona District Court case in which the judge last week issued an order granting injunction against several portions of the controversial immigration law. As you can see, some of the documents have a “Download” link that allows you to directly download the document from the Internet Archive, whereas others have a “Buy from PACER” link because no RECAP users have yet liberated the document.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. August 14, 2010

    thanks for this .. i like it

  2. August 17, 2010

    Thank you very much!

    Have not yet explored the search capabilities.

    A couple of initial questions.

    1. Plans for a desktop gadget and iDevice application for Recap Search?
    2. Provide an option to retrieve necessary form code to include a search box within any Web site for the Recap Search [obviously, XHTML and WAI 2.0 compliant]?

    Again, thanks.

  3. Jeff permalink
    December 29, 2010

    Can the date of last docket upload be added to the docket page? It’d be nice to know the chances of there being an update before spending my 8 cents.

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