New CFR by the Cornell Legal Information Institute

I just explored the new version of the CFR developed by the Cornell Legal Institute.   It’s free, it has good search and navigation features, it links to any Federal Register pages that update a CFR section, and it provides the U.S. Code and other authority for each CFR section, but I’m still not sure why I wouldn’t want to use the more-current e-CFR instead.  If you have a thought, please comment.


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One Response to New CFR by the Cornell Legal Information Institute

  1. Thomas Bruce says:

    You very well might want to use the e-CFR; that’s why we provide a link to it on all of our CFR pages. And we would surely be happy if either GPO or the OFR would provide bulk data that is as timely as what is in the e-CFR, so that we and others could develop alternative presentations.

    For us, that’s where the value is : improved search, improved navigation (we link *all* crossreferences within CFR and to external sources like the Code, and offer a lot of hierarchical navigation, right down to the subsection level), better search, and an evolving set of advanced search features that will be based on Semantic Web well as some finding aids tied to the e-rulemaking dockets and to the FR.

    Currency’s important, and some will, like you, find it to be a dealbreaker. Others will do their search and navigation first, and then look for the most current version from our link to it. Believe me, we’d be as up to date as e-CFR if we could, and hopefully we will be sometime soon. In the meantime, we think it’s worthwhile to make the CFR more accessible.

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