Having thrown out some musings about a potential future project, I want to raise a question about a project I am currently working on. This project arises out of my desire to evaluate, across doctrinal areas and legal issues, under what circumstances the Supreme Court announces standards without applying them to the facts at hand. The United States Supreme Court Database, is of course, the logical place to start for anyone doing quantitative empirical research on Supreme Court case law. But the architecture and coding of the database are not conducive to the kind of doctrinally-focused analysis I want to do. As a result, I'm engaged now in exploring the implications of the limitations of the database for scholarship like mine. I'd be very interested in learning about other scholars' experiences and wish lists. Are there doctrinally-focused empirical questions you've tried to answer or want to address but that are difficult or impossible to undertake with the database as it -- as well as its counterpart, the Justice-Centered database -- exists now? I’ve read dozens of published works – but what about the projects that have not taken off?