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Contracts database
Friday, April 29, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:44 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

What was learned: The Contracting and Organizations Research Institute at MU has revamped its database of contracts by designing a Web interface for easy use. The database, called the CORI K-Base, is available to legal and business researchers, as well as the public. It includes more than 25,000 contracts and agreements that were gathered by corporate security filings and other public and private entities, said Michael Sykuta, director of CORI and founder of the database.

How it works: The CORI K-Base can be easily navigated and allows users to search the collection by full-text or keyword searches. Users also have the option of searching by filing date, company name, industry classifications and contract type. The results are displayed in HTML format.

Why it’s helpful: The CORI K-Base will assist law practitioners, business professionals and researchers in their day-to-day research. For example, CORI K-Base allows them to improve work products, find certain types of contracts and background themselves with company information. Users can locate and understand contract provisions, which will allow them to understand how and why certain provisions are used.

“We have the beginnings of an extremely useful system,” Sykuta said. By having a large number of data available, the cost for research decreases, he said. “We can reduce the cost of doing business for business people and lawyers, and the cost of doing research for people who want to understand how business transactions are done.”

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