[Open-Legislation] Historic Statutes - Isle of Man

Graeme Jones jonesiom at gmail.com
Mon Feb 24 15:59:20 UTC 2014

Yes, I met up with Antonio Acunas in London to help IOM switch from Crown
Copyright to UK OGL.

Ok, we do still have the bill at each stage and already have PDFs 10+

I exhaustively tested OCR systems and third party hardware and finally
settled on an Abbyy app server (£100) with a high end Canon scanner (£6k).
 We will definitely drag and drop all documents into an app server polled
network folder to conver to OCR PDF before upload but the OCR quality is
worthless when the documents are handwritten beyond the late 1800s, of

Best regards,

On 24 February 2014 14:54, Francis Davey <fjmd1a at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2014-02-24 14:35 GMT+00:00 Graeme Jones <jonesiom at gmail.com>:
> Hi John
>> I have collated and reconciled national database with all secondary
>> legislation (about 40k documents in 2 years to date) but we did not make
>> any distinction between in force and revoked.  In fact, the 30k spare page
>> scans have been allocated to repealed primary legislation.
> This all looks great.
> Are there plans to use an open licence for your material (at the moment
> marked as "Crown Copyright")? It would be really good if IM legislation was
> open. You may know all about open licensing and this is on your list, but
> both the ODI and the OKF run courses on open licensing should you need any
> support (I teach on the ODI course).
>> So, we are now in the process of uploading secondary legislation back to
>> 1477 at the Isle of Man Parliament website - customised Microsoft
>> Sharepoint.
>> I guess it is easier for a parliament to decide to upload everything ever
>> laid/debated as a democratic record than a government or department to fund
>> anything not ongoing core business!
> Certainly this is a great start. The UK legislative process is such that
> the final version of a bill may not technically be a Parliamentary document
> (i.e. it the result won't be held by Parliament), so the UK Parliament is
> only able to do so much, but having the versions of bills is useful at each
> stage.
> Shame it's all PDF, but that's better than not having it. In the future I
> hope that we will eventually persuade legislators it is easier to use
> drafting tools to draft things in properly marked up format.
> --
> Francis Davey
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