Oyez Project

Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Awarded
08/01/13
Amount
$600,000
Grant Period
08/01/13 to 08/01/14
Focus Area
Journalism & Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight News Challenge

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Making state and appellate court documents freely available and useful to journalists, scholars and the public, by providing straightforward summaries of decisions, free audio recordings and more

The activities of courts across the country are often hard to access and understand. For the past 20 years, the Oyez Project has worked to open the U.S. Supreme Court by offering clear case summaries, opinions and free access to audio recordings and transcripts. With Knight Foundation funding, Oyez Project will expand to state supreme and federal appellate courts, offering information to the public about the work of these vital but largely anonymous institutions.

Beginning in the five largest states that serve over one-third of the American public, Oyez Project will work with courts to catalog materials and reformat them following open standards practices. In conjunction with local partners, Oyez will annotate the materials, adding data and concise summaries that make the content more accessible for a non-legal audience. Oyez will release this information under a Creative Commons license and make it available online and through a mobile application.

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Jerry Goldman

Professor, IIT Chicago - Kent College of Law

Professor Jerry Goldman of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has brought the U.S. Supreme Court closer to everyone through the Oyez Project. He has collaborated with experts in linguistics, psychology, computer science and political science with major financial support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Google and a select group of national law firms to create an archive of 58 years of Supreme Court audio. In recent years, Oyez has put the Supreme Court in your pocket with mobile apps, iSCOTUSnow and PocketJustice.

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