Elkera helps publishers of legislation and other legal information establish fully digital publishing systems to prepare, manage and publish legal information that meets the needs of digital age users.
Elkera can help your organisation accurately identify the problems to be solved, define requirements and establish a complete content creation and publishing system for your legal information.
Identify the problems and opportunities
It is now more than 20 years since most publishers of primary legal information began the move from print only publishing models to electronic documents and online publishing. However, there are still too many instances where legal information, including legislation, is published using print based models that would have been familiar to users in the mid twentieth century or even earlier.
Consider these questions for your organisation:
- Does your organisation still present primary documents using PDF only or PDF and Word?
- Can users conveniently search documents with hit highlighting of found terms?
- Does your organisation still publish ancillary legal information in separate reports (PDF) that are disconnected from the primary information on the website?
- Can your users conveniently access fully up to date ancillary information with published documents on your website?
- Do your personnel have to enter the same data in multiple places to provide print and online information?
- Do your personnel have to manually upload content to the website?
- Do you have all the reports you need to ensure the currency of published information or do your personnel still manually compile reports to manage their work?
Using legislation as an example, these issues can be represented as a digital publishing maturity model:
If your service does not meet the criteria for the top right quadrant, it is likely that published information does not meet contemporary user expectations and your business processes may need to be streamlined. Most likely, users will have problems finding all the information they need and information may be incomplete or out of date. Internally, your organisation may be experiencing excessive production costs. Production personnel may be under excessive stress. These are common problems for organisations that have not completed the transition from print based publishing to a fully digital publishing model.
If your organisation is experiencing problems similar to those listed, it is not feasible to simply purchase a technological solution. The problem affects core business objectives and processes which must be reviewed before a technological solution can be implemented. Broadly, the solution involves the key elements described below:
Elkera legislation publishing system
If your organisation is a legislative drafting agency and publisher of legislation, Elkera offers an off the shelf, modular platform for drafting, document management integration, job management, publishing work flow and automated website publishing.
The Elkera legislation publishing system is a scalable platform that can be adapted to any legislative drafting agency’s requirements.
The Elkera legislation publishing system is a proven, cost effective and low risk solution that will enable your organisation to complete the transition to a fully digital publishing model.
For more information, see Elkera’s products.
Elkera project planning services
Over 20 years, Elkera has developed a thorough understanding of legal publishing problems and how to solve them. Elkera has the expertise you require. Elkera personnel understand the relevant business processes, the opportunities available to streamline existing manual processes, and how to provide users with comprehensive legal information in digital form.
If your organisation is approaching the planning stage, Elkera’s consultants can help to undertake all the steps for strategic planning for change described earlier.
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