The portal helps the Court fulfill its legal obligation to the European Convention of Human Rights by making it easier for the ECHR to share court rulings regarding the violation of the human rights that affect more than 800 million inhabitants in 47 member states.
The ECHR website attracts 4.6 million visitors each year and, following a high-profile ruling, typically receives more than 5,000 simultaneous visitors looking to access the newly-published documents. By combining Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint with a SkyDox search user interface, the new HUDOC database enables individuals to perform more accurate searches, fostering improved public access to the 90,000-plus case law documents using any browser-enabled device.
The new UI also includes granular, real-time search functionality to make searches faster and more relevant for users, including the ability to refine searches by name, member state, or specific legal terms via the Court’s case law thesaurus. In addition, SkyDox provides RSS feeds to alert users when new related documents are available.
John Hunter, Head of IT at the ECHR, said, “HUDOC provides a platform for more effective national implementation of the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the European Convention of Human Rights. The Court’s case-law is key, not only to improving human rights protection in Europe generally, but also to reducing the Court’s heavy case-load to reasonable proportions. One significant aspect of this is making available to the national courts the relevant case-law, preferably in a language which they understand. Moreover, the visitors to our site have different levels of computer literacy and some of them only have mobile access; however, SkyDox has helped us assess these potential issues around document access by creating an intuitive user interface and adapting it to mobile devices. We’re very pleased with the project and have had great feedback so far!”
To develop the portal, SkyDox leveraged experience garnered from developing its Web 2.0 cloud-enabled file sharing and collaboration platform, which is now used by several other public sectors and not-for-profit organizations.
Ali Moinuddin, SkyDox CMO, commented, “It’s rewarding to be recognized for our work with the ECHR because it’s important to our organization that we support humanitarian efforts. Our aim is to help local, national, and international organizations like the ECHR reach out to more people by providing a simple and secure file sharing and collaboration platform which can be adapted for a variety of nonprofit goals.”
About the European Court of Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights is an international court set up in 1959. It rules on individual or State applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. Since 1998 it has sat as a full-time court and individuals can apply to it directly. The Court is based in Strasbourg in the Human Rights Building. From here, the Court monitors respect for the human rights of 800 million Europeans in the 47 Council of Europe member States that have ratified the Convention.
Founded in 2009, SkyDox is a cloud-enabled file sharing, file synchronisation, file storage, and collaboration platform. It delivers a suite of online, mobile, and desktop-based tools to enable real-time, simultaneous document-centric collaboration. SkyDox allows users to review, comment on, search, store, deliver, manage, and collaborate on over 200 file formats on a single cloud-based platform that is intuitive and easy to use. With SkyDox, users can collaborate on content with company team members, customers, suppliers, and business partners using any browser-enabled PC, laptop, or mobile device. SkyDox provides a scalable, highly secure, enterprise-grade platform that can be configured as a private, hybrid, or public cloud to meet customer and compliance requirements.
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