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Message 00611: Re: Fellow Pacer Downloader

Hi Adria -

Can you give me a URL of where you have the tarball? Happy to grab it and look at the docs and see if we can integrate into the distribution.

The thing we'd like to see happen is for people to start adopting a district court, starting with our tarballs or other sources, and set themselves up in the business of being the definitive repository for that court. I think that's better than relying on a single site like resource.org to be the ultimate legal system. Distribution is definitely the answer here.

Best regards,


On Feb 18, 2009, at 3:43 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

Hi, Adria. Let me introduce you to Carl Malamud, who runs resource.org

Carl, Adria has 7000 PACER documents she'd like to contribute.

On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 6:42 PM, Adria H <xxxxxxx@ymail.com> wrote:
FTP, since it's more than 5GB.

I just went to resource.org - under the pacer folder, there isn't a folder created for bankruptcy court. These are all bankruptcy court docs. Would you
create a new folder for bankruptcy courts?

Not wanting to sound too cautious, but are there still investigations of
resource.org ongoing?

Do you have plans to improve the search capabilities for resource.org? Seems like one can use Goog site search or write a script, but for true "public access" to legal docs, a user-friendly search platform is key (I'll like normal people besides Stanford geeks like me to use resource.org). Thoughts?


From: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
To: Adria H <xxxxxxx@ymail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:29:00 PM
Subject: Re: Fellow Pacer Downloader

I read the NY Times article about your efforts regarding Pacer downloads.
have downloaded more than 7,000 documents from Pacer using the designated libraries (until they were suspended). It's nothing compared to your feat. Anyway, do you have a website or platform for putting these documents
is now cleared by Legal)?

That's great. Yes, the documents are being published on resource.org.
What's a convenient mechanism for you to send them?