Wednesday, September 18, 2013

There's An App For This: The Constitution

To mark Constitution Week the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office (GPO) have launched a new application that allows analysis and interpretation of constitutional case law accessible for free to anyone with a computer or mobile device.

Legal professionals, teachers, students and anyone researching the constitutional implications of a particular topic can easily locate constitutional amendments, federal and state laws that were held unconstitutional, and tables of recent cases with corresponding topics and constitutional implications. The new app and improved web publication will make the nearly 3,000-page “Constitution Annotated” more accessible to more people and enable updates of new case analysis three or four times each year.

The new Constitution Annotated app is available for the iOS platform and allows users to read the entire document; browse by section – such as by article of or amendment to the Constitution; view and navigate content from a table of cases and index; and search all text. The app can be downloaded for free from iTunes. A direct link is here. An Android version is under development. 

The Constitution Annotated web publication will be available on GPO’s FederalDigital System (FDsys) as a digitally-signed, searchable PDF that includes a linked table of contents, a linked table of cases, a linked index and GPO’s Seal of Authenticity on every page.

The page features links to the app stores, an interactive table listing recent cases of high interest, a bibliography of Constitution-related primary documents in American history and tips for searching the Constitution Annotated on GPO’s website.

Visit iTunes or this site for more information and access to the application.

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