A Quarter-Century of the LII
I wish I could say that it seems like only yesterday… but it’s been a quarter-century. We started the LII in 1992, just Peter Martin and I, and, a little later, a student employee who became our first full-time sysadmin. There were 30 web servers in the world then, and I got excited when we got more than 100 page views in a day. All those numbers have increased a lot since then — there are nine of us, and we serve as many as half a million pages on any weekday. We’ve come quite a distance, and we’ve accomplished a lot along the way
During the coming year, we’ll be doing a few special things to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the LII. We’re not extravagant — these will be low-key events, but we think you’ll like them. The longest-lasting and most interesting will be the dedication of our popular VoxPopuLII blog to a series of articles by 25 leading thinkers and doers in the field of legal information — a collection of academics, publishers, scientists, librarians, and government officials who collectively represent the history of the field from then until now. The series — published on an irregular schedule averaging twice a month — is called “25 for 25”. We hope you’ll enjoy it. I’ve kicked off the series with a first article here.