In order to get a more holistic view of the state of the publication legal information on the web, information collected about publication practices was collated and assigned a score. States were given one point for each of the following publication practices in their case law, statutory codes and regulations:
- The online version of the legal information was the official version.
- The legal information was published in HTML.
- There was an archive of the legal information available in some form.
- There were no use restrictions placed on the legal information.
- There were no claims of copyright – explicit or implied – on the legal information.
- The state was the publisher of the legal information.
- There were no disclaimers to the accuracy of the information.
- The ability to search the information was made available.
The other six Barriers to Access as described in this report – cataloging, citators, context, conveyance, cost and currency – were either universally exhibited, impossible to quantify or, as in the case of cost, so rare as to make inclusion in the rankings meaningless.
Given the above scoring mechanism, the highest score possible was 24. However, the highest score achieved was 18. The top performing states were Oklahoma, Indiana and Illinois. The lowest score was 8 by Georgia. The average score of states was 13.94 and the median was 14. The highest score in any category of law was 7. The most open publishers of case law were New York, Illinois and Oklahoma. The top scoring publishers of statutory law were Delaware and Louisiana. And the most open publishers of regulations were Idaho and Washington.
A color coded map with state scores as a list of all state total scores appear below. A spreadsheet with full ranking data and scores for case law, statutory codes and regulations can be found on Google Docs.