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Archive for March, 2008

Nine Lords A’Blogging

On Monday the British House of Lords starts blogging. The Times reports that Lord Soley, Lord Norton, Lord Tyler, Lord Lipsey, Lord Dholakia, Baroness D’Souza, Lord Teverson, Baroness Young of Hornsey and Baroness Murphy — collectively to be known as Lords of the Blog — will begin a 6-month experiment aimed at raising public awareness of the role and business of the House of Lords.

Lord Soley of Hammersmith has been blogging for some time under the title of Lord of the Blog, and has just now (6 pm EST Sunday, March 16), even as I write, posted about . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology: Internet

Networking for Introverts

Do you dread networking events? Wonder about what to say? Do you find there is something uncomfortable or possibly distasteful about the seemingly compulsory exchange of business cards? If so then you probably value sincerity and professionalism. Too often networking is reduced to a numbers game of how many business cards you can pass out in an hour. If you are looking for a different approach, one more in alignment with your own professional values, then read on.

The introvert advantage:

Introverts have the advantage. You don’t have to grandstand, shake fifty hands and talk about yourself. Instead, the name . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

For the Birds

The Canadian Constitution is a point of no small amount of pride in many Canadians and also a point of some contention. In this day and age we sometimes struggle to fit issues of the modern day with the Constitution. Equality rights, euthanasia, religion, terrorism and more, are all issues which we struggle to fit into our constitutional framework. Another issue has been added to the list: Migratory Birds.

In August of 1916 Canada (or more properly the U.K.) and the United States concluded a treaty in recognition of the importance of protecting Migratory Birds which were “…in danger . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Google’s Intranet

For all of you who manage the firm intranet, or are charged with capture technologies for internal KM… do yourself a favour and check out this post on Google Blogoscoped.

A very interesting look at Google’s internal web functionality. Comes via a KM World webinar yesterday called Innovation@Google: A Day In The Life. An event I didn’t partake in, but really wished I had. :)

One of the screen captures below:

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Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

Content Management vs. Knowledge Management

KMWorld’s recent article “Content Management vs. Knowledge Management: A Summary of Key Differences” highlights the key differences between content management systems and knowledge management systems. As the article points out, understanding these differences is important when deciding which type of solution will best meet your organization’s need for producing, creating, capturing, distributing and evaluating knowledge. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

New Quicklaw and WestlaweCarswell: Comparing the Two Platforms

Thought I’d pass along this excellent resource that was featured in a message posted to the NCALL listserv today by Neal Ferguson of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa. It’s a PowerPoint by Catherine Best of Best Canadian Guide to Legal Research fame that was used at a presentation to the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries last month. It’s available here.

The CanLII interface is also reviewed.

This will certainly be useful for legal research sessions when people start asking why they should use one resource over the other…. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

UN Data

The UN Statistics Division has a search tool, UNdata, which is worth looking at. Drawing on 13 databases — environment, population, agriculture… but not law — UNdata provides a window on some 55 million records.

The search results are presented in a really useful format, as well. The results page offers you two tabs, Data Series and Table Presentations, that will give you documents or tables, respectively, in which your search terms appear. As well, in the Data Series tab you may choose whether to download the document, view it online, or preview it in a popup window.

[via . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Legal Antiquarian: New Blog on History of Daily Lives of Lawyers

Mike Hoeflich, a professor at the University of Kansas School, has just created a blog called The Legal Antiquarian.

As he mentions in his intro post last week, the blog deals with “the various aspects of legal history having to do with the daily life of lawyers and judges, as well as to the sources, manuscript, printed, and otherwise preserved which can be used to help understand how law and the legal profession functioned in the past. Among the subjects I will cover will be the daily lives of lawyers, their practices, their offices, the books they owned and . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

Google Advanced Search Changes

After years of looking the same, the Google Advanced Search page has changed. For the better:

It looks simpler, more straightforward to use. As far as I can remember, the features I used to use still seem to be there. Is anyone else missing anything?

This was quietly changed (no mention on the official blog) following the implementation of Google Teleportation. Note that, toward the bottom of the Advanced Search form, there is an option to search any one specific website domain which has been available all along. If you don’t get the Teleportation option from the Google . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology