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John Sheridan

John Sheridan is Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives.

Legislation.gov.uk, managed by The National Archives, provides an essential – and free – public service. Millions of people use it to find and access the legislation they need, lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Quick, easy to navigate and use, with an advanced timeline feature so you can see how legislation has changed, there has been one major snag with legislation.gov.uk: the revised versions of the legislation, which shows how it has been amended, is out of date. The National Archives has been working towards meeting the target that all of the primary legislation on legislation.gov.uk is up-to-date by the end of 2015.

Big data is big news. An estimated 90 per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years (see www.ibm.com/big-data) and insights gleaned from large datasets are increasingly driving business innovation and economic growth.

What can the big data revolution do for law? One of the big data challenges for law is the statute book. It’s simply too big and it changes too quickly for any one person to comprehend. The big data revolution provides us with a real opportunity to understand how the statute book works, and to use those insights to deliver better law.What can the big data revolution do for law? One of the big data challenges for law is the statute book. It’s simply too big and it changes too quickly for any one person to comprehend. The big data revolution provides us with a real opportunity to understand how the statute book works, and to use those insights to deliver better law.