Supporting the Use of Open Source Software to Improve Access to Justice
A Home for Legal Open Source
Merlin Search Technologies is proud to support the operations of the Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation.
The Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation strives to foster education about the benefits of open source software; provide a central platform for legal professionals to collaborate on open source development projects; and distribute open source software under free license to individuals and organizations around the world.
The Foundation’s goal is to improve access to justice and to make legal and regulatory processes more efficient and effective through the use of open source software and secure cloud computing.
The Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation is a non-profit corporation recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt charitable and educational organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The mission of the Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation is to improve access to justice and make legal operations and regulatory compliance more efficient through the use of open source software. The Foundation will achieve its mission by:
- Fostering worldwide education about the benefits of open source software;
- Providing a central platform for legal professionals to collaborate on open source development projects; and
- Distributing open source software under free license to individuals and organizations around the world to improve access to justice and for legal and regulatory compliance.
The Merlin Foundation seeks people and organizations from all parts of the world who have a passion for improving the legal profession and the legal process through open source collaboration and secure cloud computing.
We formed the Merlin Foundation to help move the profession to the next phase of legal computing. The open source movement has revolutionized software development across the computing world. The Internet runs on open source, from the Linux operating system, to Apache web servers, to mySQL databases, and Lucene search engines. Most software is developed using open source programming languages. While proprietary software still exists, there are free, open source analogs for nearly every application, often with equal or better features.
The open source movement is built around collaboration. Legal professionals and technologists from all parts of the world can work together under the open source banner to develop software we can all use for free to improve the delivery of legal services. Law firms can work together to develop standards-based software that will help them deliver their services to clients more effectively. Law departments across companies with common regulatory needs can work together to develop software that will help them better comply. Clients and consumers can benefit from software designed to help them with legal needs.