Contracts research site readies search upgrade

One of the most valuable but little-known legal resources on the Internet is the CORI K-Base, an archive of more than 25,000 contracts, 22,000 of them searchable, maintained by the Contracting and Organizations Research Initiative of the University of Missouri. Today, CORI announced that the K-Base will soon be even better. On Feb. 16, CORI will unveil a new interface and search engine that will offer full-text searches by key word as well as contract type, company name, filing date and industry code. In fact, anyone who wants to attend the unveiling and see it demonstrated is welcome, the announcement said. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.

For anyone unfamiliar with CORI, here is what I wrote about it in the latest edition of my book, The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal Sites on the Web:

“Operating on the premise that research on contracting is stymied by a lack of available contracts, the CORI project at the University of Missouri, Columbia, is working to create a digital collection of contracts and make them available over the Internet. The collection so far contains more than 10,000 contracts, drawn primarily from filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database, where company filings frequently include contracts of interest to investors. CORI downloads, extracts and categorizes these contracts and makes them available via a full text search and retrieval system. Users can search the library by full text or according to contract type. Contracts available so far encompass mergers and acquisitions, employment, finance, joint ventures, leases, licenses, purchases, joint ventures, agriculture and underwriting. In addition to the digital contracts, CORI has a collection of hard copy contracts, including HMO-physician agreements, sports stadium leases, container shipping contracts, and more. These contracts are described at the site and can be ordered by e-mail.”