1st published @ searchlores.org in December 2003
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|Re: challenge (12/12/03 11:54:15)|
but searchers would need samo samo for anywhere or almost, not just the union...
|law is tough (12/12/03 13:08:13)||Reply|
One may find English selections of national legislations on various topics in other places, and not necessarily for free. If you are interested in a specific subject-matter of, say, Chinese legislation, I suggest you search that topic in English and you may have a chance to find something. There are for instance organizations interested in human rights, environment, gender studies etc., or else consulting or financial companies interested in financial or other matters, that do publish translations of the acts that are relevant for their purpose. That's why I'm pretty sure that one can easily find an English copy of the Russian company tax law, or of the banking law (let's say on the site of Russia's central bank - not checked, but it's likely), but much less so that you will be able to find a specific Government Decree regarding funds allocated to some obscure field of research.
Another interesting case is that of countries with several official languages, where the law usually states that everything is to be published in all of these. That's the case of Canada for instance, and I know they used to have an excellent and free database of legislation, in fr & en of course. It might be the case for Switzerland (a European country not in the EU). I don't think that it applies to China, unless someone in Hong Kong thought of it for some good reason. Again, Brazil and Russia would have no reason to publish their entire legislation in anything else then their national language. Which leaves us with the specific selections of legislation I mentioned above.
Concerning EU law with higher power than national legislations, for EU countries but also (technically) for acceding countries, that's entirely true. Many people are not aware of that, or at least not entirely, and governments are not always keen to remind it. In fact, governments usually put the blame on Brussels when a controversial law is issued, but want to take the credit for themselves whenever a EU law happens to be welcomed by the public. In both cases, in fact, they have no real choice once a regulation or other act is passed by either the Commission or the Council.
|Яussian law (12/12/03 14:42:22)|
guesswork: www.gov.ru ... hmm ... no useful links, just the constitution
(although the link stated "Law acts of the Russian Federation")
Let's not give up on gov.ru
google: *.gov.ru ( http://www.google.com/search?q=*.gov.ru )
Ahhaa, the Duma ( http://www.duma.gov.ru/ )
Now let's try the search:
Вид акта: Закон (Type of legislative document: Law)
Текст: шум* (Text: nois*)
Results seem good:
Об охране окружающей природной среды
Об охране атмосферного воздуха
Of preserving the environment
Of preserving the athmosphere
|Re: Re: challenge (12/12/03 15:06:20)|
Although HotBot's paid results on SERPs, HotBot has a rich (and sometimes unique:) filters which let you get ride of most commercial crap.
The pages we are trying to find have a hard edge: they must have to have a box where you can put your search query. In HTML language this means that the page must have to have a form and HotBot is the only search engine that lets you search for pages containning forms. The syntax is feature:form.
HotBot has other powerful advanced filters which lets you pinpoint precisely what you want, among them: domain search, region search, language search, words to include and words to exclude.
I'll show you some exemples of how to use it. Lets search for resources on portuguese laws. In order to do that you can use the following queries on HotBot:
In your case change the fields Language:, Domain:, Region: and Any of the Words, Anywhere in the Page: to the ones that better describe your needs.
Infortunatly HotBot let's you use 'Any of the Words, Anywhere in the Page' only once, that why I have to search for 'search', 'procurar', 'procure', 'pesquisar' and 'pesquisa' (these words are semantic sinonyms of 'search' in portuguese) in separated queries.
Here are some pointers to portuguese laws:
|Re: Re: Re: challenge (12/12/03 15:37:44)|
Btw Google didn't recognize the accented i .. maybe this one is better:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=lei +site%3Agov.br+%28ruido+OR+ruidos+OR+ru%C3%ADdo+OR+ru%C3%ADdos%29& btnG=Google+Search
You rock! :)
Btw, why do you use feature:form with your keywords (+ruido +feature:form)?
"+pesquisa +feature:form" (or maybe "lei ambiental feature:form") I can understand, but in that way you risk ending up with "Fun portal: directory of best discoteques in Lisabon" or something.
|Re: Re: Re: Re: challenge (12/12/03 20:37:33)|
I go along with you!
Ich glaube, die Wahrscheinlichkeit dafьr extrem hoch ist. hehehe
|Re: Re: Re: Re: challenge (12/12/03 22:33:17)|