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    Not bad, but incomplete
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Thursday April 24 2003, @02:06PM (#11528)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    Hey, it works! I just spent half an hour playing with it.

    As someone who put together a prototype for this effort I had fun checking this out, comparing it
    with the one we did.
    [syr.edu] This one has strengths and weaknesses relative to the prototype.


    I thought our user interface was much clearer, simpler and easier to navigate, but this one is much more powerful. It enables Boolean searches and wildcards under most fields (under "Advanced Search").

    It has a more extensive and law-focused way of classifying Respondent interest and bad faith

    It tells you whether the domain name was used or not (this data element seems to be incomplete, however).

    It is online rather than downloadable. This improves accessibility. but has weaknesses: slower performance and you can't get into the database and crunch numbers (mainly a concern of social scientists, I guess).


    The real key to the usefulness of any of these databases, as Ethan and his colleagues know well, is current, accurate data. New cases need to be put in quickly, and all cases should be in. But the UDRP-DB data is not complete - dates and some categorizations are missing from many cases. More important, it is not clear how their selection of cases is bounded - what cases are in there and which ones are missing? Nowhere on the web site does it tell you how many cases are in there and which ones they are (e.g., from dates xx through yy).

    What I like least is that after a search records are listed by domain names and not by case. Thus, a case that has 10 domain names in it will be listed 10 times in a hit list. We learned that users want to see case lists, not domain name lists.

    From a graphic/navigation standpoint, the hit list is ugly and confusing. For God's sake, even the online NAF database doesn't use all those silly zeros in its case numbers, why should we?
    Some case IDs are capitalized, some are not; the colors are hard to read. The hit list order is not really based on decision date, but some other date, and we don't know where it comes from.

    You can't search by defaulted cases. The summary sheet does not show the names of all the panelists.

    Regarding trademark categories, I cannot figure out how these cases were categorized. If you search for "geographic indicators," you get only 5 hits. The famous newzealand.com case doesn't pop up (but it's in there). There are nearly 50 of such cases at least. So either the data is incomplete (many cases have not been categorized yet) or worse, wrongly categorized.
    All of the cavils above can be fixed over time, but the most serious one is completeness of data. You can't use this as a research tool at all unless one of two conditions applies:

    1) All the cases are in, or 2) A known, bounded set of the cases are in. Until that happens, this must be considered Beta.

    Anyway, the people we really need to hear from are the lawyers who do UDRP cases.
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