Having supported Constitute Project last year, we’re delighted to announce that we have awarded them a second grant of £4,125. The Constitute Project is an ambitious initiative to provide people around the world with access to constitutions from almost every country on the planet. What’s more, the constitutions have been electronically tagged meaning that users can choose to view, for example, every constitution containing provisions relating to freedom of assembly or term limits for heads of state. Users can further sort by date of constitution or choose particular countries to compare. The site was launched last year and has since been used by hundreds of thousands of people, including lawyers, constitution drafters, teachers and ordinary citizens.
Further upgrades and improvements are being made to the site and we have awarded a grant to the team to allow them to build in functionality for downloading annotated PDFs. These PDFs will also come with a table of contents, making it easier for users to navigate through a particular constitution. The reason this matters to us is that not every user will necessarily have access to a PC to read through the documents. Adding the PDF functionality allows users to use the material when they’re offline and, if they’re browsing on a tablet or smartphone, they will be able to browse the constitution much more quickly to find what they need.